Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

by Michael C. Schoenfeldt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521630738

ISBN-13: 9780521630733

Pub. Date: 01/13/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Michael Schoenfeldt's fascinating study explores the close relationship between selves and bodies, psychological inwardness and corporeal processes, as they are represented in English Renaissance literature. After Galen, the predominant medical paradigm of the period envisaged a self governed by humors, literally embodying inner emotion by locating and explaining

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Michael Schoenfeldt's fascinating study explores the close relationship between selves and bodies, psychological inwardness and corporeal processes, as they are represented in English Renaissance literature. After Galen, the predominant medical paradigm of the period envisaged a self governed by humors, literally embodying inner emotion by locating and explaining human passion within a taxonomy of internal organs and fluids. It thus gave a profoundly material emphasis to behavioral phenomena, giving the poets of the period a vital and compelling vocabulary for describing the ways in which selves inhabit and experience bodies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521630733
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/13/2000
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #34
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Bodies of rule: embodiment and interiority in early modern England1
2Fortifying inwardness: Spenser's castle of moral health40
3The matter of inwardness: Shakespeare's Sonnets74
4Devotion and digestion: George Herbert's consuming subject96
5Temperance and temptation: the alimental vision in Paradise Lost131
Afterword169
Notes173
Index198

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