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Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England
     

Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England

by Jonathan Gil Harris, Stephen Orgel, Anne Barton
 

ISBN-10: 052103468X

ISBN-13: 9780521034685

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the overlap between early modern English attitudes to disease and to society and explores the cultural meaning of the image of the body at the interfaces of medicine, morality and politics in Tudor and early Stuart England. In particular, he demonstrates how the body politic's metaphorical 'cankers' and 'plagues' were increasingly attributed to

Overview

This book examines the overlap between early modern English attitudes to disease and to society and explores the cultural meaning of the image of the body at the interfaces of medicine, morality and politics in Tudor and early Stuart England. In particular, he demonstrates how the body politic's metaphorical 'cankers' and 'plagues' were increasingly attributed to allegedly pathological 'foreign bodies' such as Jews, Catholics, and witches. One can glimpse the origins of not only modern xenophobic attitudes to foreigners as carriers of disease, but also 'germ' theory in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034685
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series , #25
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on the text; 1. Introduction: functionalist organicism and the origins of social pathology; Part I. Pathologizing the Body Politic: 2. 'Enter at the least pore': early modern medicine and bodily infiltration; 3. 'Ev'ry poison good for some use': the poisonous political pharmacy and its discontents; Part II. Handy-Dandy, Which is the Justice, Which is the Thief?: 4. Public enemas: the disjunctions of the excremental Jewish pharmakon; 5. 'To stop her mouth with Truth's authority': the poisonous tongue of the witch and the word of God; Conclusion: the persistence of the pathological body politic; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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