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Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

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Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture examines an important moment in the long history of the medical use and abuse of the human body. In early modern Protestant England, the fragmented corpse was processed, circulated, and ingested as a valuable drug in a medical economy underpinned by a brutal judicial system. In a meticulous engagement with an extensive range of medical, religious, and literary texts, Louise Noble shows how early modern writers became obsessed with medicinal ...

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Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

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Overview

Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture examines an important moment in the long history of the medical use and abuse of the human body. In early modern Protestant England, the fragmented corpse was processed, circulated, and ingested as a valuable drug in a medical economy underpinned by a brutal judicial system. In a meticulous engagement with an extensive range of medical, religious, and literary texts, Louise Noble shows how early modern writers became obsessed with medicinal cannibalism and its uncanny link to the contested Eucharist sacrament. In the process, Noble points out startling continuities between early modern and contemporary medical consumptions of the body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230110274
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Noble is Lecturer in English at the University of New England, Australia. She is currently working on a new project on the hydrosocial cycle in early modern rural England.
 

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Table of Contents

The Pharmacological Corpse: The Practice and Rhetoric of Bodily Consumptions
• The Mummy Cure: Fresh Unspotted Cadavers
• Medicine, Cannibalism and Revenge Justice: Titus Andronicus
Flesh Economies in Foreign Worlds: The Unfortunate Traveller and The Sea Voyage
Divine Matter and the Cannibal Dilemma: The Faerie Queene and Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
The Fille Vièrge as Pharmakon: Othello and the Anniversaries
Trafficking the Human Body: Late Modern Medical Cannibalism

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