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The Body in Parts : Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe - David Hillman

The Body in Parts

Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe

By: David Hillman (Editor), Carla Mazzio (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd July 1997
ISBN: 9780415916943
Number Of Pages: 376

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"The Body In Parts" examines how the body--its organs, limbs, and viscera--were represented in the literature and culture of early modern Europe. Why did sixteenth- and seventeenth-century medical, religious, and literary texts so often imagine the body part by part? What does this view of the human body tell us about social conceptions of part and whole, of individual and universal in the early modern period? As this provocative volume demonstrates, the symbolics of body parts challenge our assumptions about "the body" as a fundamental Renaissance image of self, society, and nation.
"The Body In Parts" presents work by some of the leading figures in Renaissance literature and culture: Nancy Vickers on corporeal fragments; Peter Stallybrass on the foot; Marjorie Garber on joints; Stephen Greenblatt on bodily marking and mutilation; Gail Kern Paster on the nervous system; Michael Schoenfeldt on the belly; Jeffrey Masten on the anus; Katharine Park on the clitoris; Kathryn Schwarz on the breast; Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky on the eye; Katherine Rowe on the hands; Scott Stevens on the heart and brain; Carla Mazzio on the tongue; and David Hillman on the entrails.

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...these essays are incredibly learned, filled with analyses of anatomical treatises, ancient medical encyclopedias and commentaries on scripture.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Individual Parts
Members Onlyp. 3
Out of Jointp. 23
Sins of the Tonguep. 53
Visceral Knowledgep. 81
Nervous Tensionp. 107
Is the Fundament a Grave?p. 129
Missing the Breastp. 147
The Rediscovery of the Clitorisp. 171
Taming the Basiliskp. 195
Mutilation and Meaningp. 221
Fables of the Belly in Early Modern Englandp. 243
Sacred Heart and Secular Brainp. 263
"God's handy worke"p. 285
Footnotesp. 313
Contributorsp. 327
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780415916943
ISBN-10: 0415916941
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 2nd July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.34  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1