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      Exceptional Bodies in Early Modern Culture : Concepts of Monstrosity Before the Advent of the Normal

      (Other), 1 (Other), 2 (Other), 3 (Other), 4 (Other), 3 (Other), 5 (Other)
      Amsterdam University Press
      16th century, c 1500 to c 1599, 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699, HISTORY / Europe / Western, HISTORY / Renaissance, MEDICAL / History, Europe, History of medicine, European history, Social and cultural history, History, Art History, and Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Early Modern Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Health and Medicine, Europe, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, History of medicine
      early modern, culture, monstrosity, bodies, normalization

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          Drawing on a rich array of textual and visual primary sources, including medicine, satires, play scripts, dictionaries, natural philosophy, and texts on collecting wonders, this book provides a fresh perspective on monstrosity in early modern European culture. The essays explore how exceptional bodies challenged social, religious, sexual and natural structures and hierarchies in the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and contributed to its knowledge, moral and emotional repertoire. Prodigious births, maternal imagination, hermaphrodites, collections of extraordinary things, powerful women, disabilities, controversial exercise, shapeshifting phenomena and hybrids are examined in a period before all varieties and differences became normalized to a homogenous standard. The historicizing of exceptional bodies is central in the volume since it expands our understanding of early modern culture and deepens our knowledge of its specific ways of conceptualizing singularities, rare examples, paradoxes, rules and conventions in nature and society.

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          9789048552375
          9789463721745
          09 November 2020
          09 November 2020
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
          [2 ]Lund University
          [3 ]Cornell University
          [4 ]Williams College
          [5 ]University College London
          10.5117/9789463721745
          924ddf3e-f116-4ae8-b978-89170959a1b5
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          16th century, c 1500 to c 1599,17th century, c 1600 to c 1699,HISTORY / Europe / Western,HISTORY / Renaissance,MEDICAL / History,Europe,History of medicine,European history,Social and cultural history,History, Art History, and Archaeology,Cultural Studies,Early Modern Studies,Gender and Sexuality Studies,Health and Medicine,Europe,Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,History of medicine

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