The Smoke of the Soul: Medicine, Physiology and Religion in Early Modern England

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What was the soul? For hundreds of years Christians agreed that it was the essential, immortal core of each individual believer, and of the Christian faith in general. Despite this, there was no agreement on where the soul was, what it was, or how it could be joined to the material body. By focusing on the spirits of blood which were alleged to join body and soul, this book explores the peculiar problems, anxieties, and excitement generated by a zone where spirit met matter, and the earthly the divine. It shows ...

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The Smoke of the Soul: Medicine, Physiology and Religion in Early Modern England

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Overview

What was the soul? For hundreds of years Christians agreed that it was the essential, immortal core of each individual believer, and of the Christian faith in general. Despite this, there was no agreement on where the soul was, what it was, or how it could be joined to the material body. By focusing on the spirits of blood which were alleged to join body and soul, this book explores the peculiar problems, anxieties, and excitement generated by a zone where spirit met matter, and the earthly the divine. It shows how pious but rigorous Christians such as John Donne and Walter Raleigh expressed their dissatisfaction with existing theories of body-soul integration; how prone the soul was to being materialised; and how an increasingly scientific medical culture hunted the material aspects of the soul out of the human body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137345592
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/13/2013
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sugg is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of Durham, UK. He is the author of John Donne (2007), Murder After Death (2007), Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires (2011), and The Secret History of the Soul (2013). He has published and presented his work via national and international newspapers, radio and television. He is currently writing a two volume history of vampirism, Faces of the Vampire.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. The Physiology of the Soul
2. The Soul in Three Dimensions: Pietro Pomponazzi and Andreas Vesalius
3. Aspiring Souls (I): Tamburlaine the Great
4. Aspiring Souls (II): Doctor Faustus
5. Painful Inquisition: Body-Soul Problems in Early Modern Christianity
6. The Differential Soul: Women, Fools and Personal Identity
7. The Dying Soul (I): Christian Mortalism as Religious Heresy
8. The Dying Soul (II): Mortalism as Literary Fantasy
9. Anatomy and the Rise of the Brain
Conclusion The True Location of the Soul
Bibliography
Index

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