Monstrous Bodies/Political Monstrosities in Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

Monstrous Bodies/Political Monstrosities in Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

by Laura Lunger Knoppers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489016

ISBN-13: 9780801489013

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Multi-disciplinary in approach and cross-European in scope, this richly illustrated book features new links between the political and the monstrous in the early modern period. Emphasizing the importance of the visual in the culture of the monstrous, the book presents a range of striking engravings, woodcuts, broadsides, and anatomical works. Some of the most

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Multi-disciplinary in approach and cross-European in scope, this richly illustrated book features new links between the political and the monstrous in the early modern period. Emphasizing the importance of the visual in the culture of the monstrous, the book presents a range of striking engravings, woodcuts, broadsides, and anatomical works. Some of the most respected scholars of early modern Europe explore monstrous bodies in descriptions of aberrant births and grotesque anatomies, appropriations of classical or biblical beasts and harlots, satire, myth, and science fiction.

Canonical writings on monstrosity by Aristotle, Ambroise Paré, Rabelais, Montaigne, and Mary Shelley are juxtaposed to less familiar treatments by Calvin, Luther, and Andrew Marvell, among others. This volume challenges established narratives in which modern science and medicine, sustained by enlightened reason and secularization, progressively contain and even "normalize" all monsters. Instead, these essays stress the continual reinvention and polemical applications of the monstrous in the early modern period. Monsters emerge as a rich subject for not only the history of science, but also political and religious history, literary studies, visual studies, and the history of popular culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489013
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Frontiers of the Monstrous: Perceiving National Characters in Early Modern Europe25
2Lamentable, Strange, and Wonderful: Headless Monsters in the English Revolution40
3A Time for Monsters: Monstrous Births, Propaganda, and the German Reformation67
4"The Antichrist, the Babilon, the dragon": Oliver Cromwell, Andrew Marvell, and the Apocalyptic Monstrous93
5Monstrous Medicine127
6Revolutionary Anatomies148
7Signs of Monstrosity: The Rhetoric of Description and the Limits of Allegory in Rabelais and Montaigne179
8Monstrosity and Myth in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein200
Afterword: Anatomical Readings in the Early Modern Era227
Notes247
Contributors293
Index297

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