The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe

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An examination of how the body—its organs, limbs, and viscera—were represented in the literature and culture of early modern Europe. This provocative volume demonstrates, the symbolism of body parts challenge our assumptions about "the body" as a fundamental Renaissance image of self, society, and nation.

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The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe

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Overview

An examination of how the body—its organs, limbs, and viscera—were represented in the literature and culture of early modern Europe. This provocative volume demonstrates, the symbolism of body parts challenge our assumptions about "the body" as a fundamental Renaissance image of self, society, and nation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415916943
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/2/1997
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Carla Mazzio and David Hillman are both Teaching Fellows in the Department of English at Harvard.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Individual Parts
2 Members Only 3
3 Out of Joint 23
4 Sins of the Tongue 53
5 Visceral Knowledge 81
6 Nervous Tension 107
7 Is the Fundament a Grave? 129
8 Missing the Breast 147
9 The Rediscovery of the Clitoris 171
10 Taming the Basilisk 195
11 Mutilation and Meaning 221
12 Fables of the Belly in Early Modern England 243
13 Sacred Heart and Secular Brain 263
14 "God's handy worke" 285
15 Footnotes 313
Contributors 327
Index 331
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