Murder after Death: Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England

Murder after Death: Literature and Anatomy in Early Modern England

by Richard P. Sugg
     
 

Just as museum exhibits of plastinated corpses, television dramas about forensics, and books about the eventual fate of human remains provoke interest and generate ethical debates today, anatomy was a topic of fascination-and autopsies a spectator...See more details below

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Just as museum exhibits of plastinated corpses, television dramas about forensics, and books about the eventual fate of human remains provoke interest and generate ethical debates today, anatomy was a topic of fascination-and autopsies a spectator...

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"Sugg's is a lissom mind, capable at once of bold claims (for Europeans, anatomy was a 'preferable form of aggression' to cannibalism) and sophisticated new readings of familiar texts. The book is finely produced, engagingly written, and replete with odd, grotesque lore. In its breadth of reference and depth of reading, it is a remarkable achievement."—Stephen Pender, Times Literary Supplement, November 2, 2007

"Richard Sugg has written an impressively interdisciplinary work, one that combines science, literary analysis, and medical history. In the end he claims that 'it was writers rather than experimenters who first grasped the direction and potential of this new form of medical inquiry.' Physicians might take umbrage at the natural, irresistible reflex to defend and magnify one's own metier, but that should not prevent anyone interested in early modern literature and medicine from reading this book."— JAMA, January 23, 2008

"Murder after Death communicates its complex subject matter without stylistic pretentiousness or affectation. Richard Sugg's elegant turns of phrase give important points not only a memorable but also a sympathetic quality; this kind of eloquence is the product of a deeply focused intellectual engagement. This substantial book operates on a genuinely interdisciplinary level, combining medical history with literary analysis to produce enlightening insights into early modern culture."—John Peacock, University of Southampton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801445095
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sugg is Academic Fellow in Literature and Medicine at the University of Durham. He is the author of John Donne.

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