The Body Embarrassed

Including twelve vivid illustrations, The Body Embarrassed will be fascinating reading for students and scholars in the fields of Renaissance studies, gender studies, literary theory, the history of drama, and cultural history.

The Body Embarrassed

The Body Embarrassed

Men and women in early modern Europe experienced their bodies very differently from the ways in which contemporary men and women do. In this challenging and innovative book, Gail Kern Paster examines representations of the body in Elizabethan-Jacobean drama in the light of humoral medical theory, tracing the connections between the history of the visible social body and the history of the subject's body as experienced from within. Focusing on specific bodily functions and on changes in the forms of embarrassment associated with them, Paster extends the insights of such critics and theorists as Mikhail Bakhtin, Norbert Elias, and Thomas Laqueur. She first surveys comic depictions of incontinent women as "leaky vessels" requiring patriarchal management and then considers the relation between medical bloodletting practices and the gender implications of blood symbolism. Next she relates the practice of purging to the theme of shame and assays ideas about pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing in medical and other nonliterary texts. Paster then turns to the use of reproductive processes in the plot structures of key Shakespeare plays and in Dekker's, Ford's, and Rowley's Witch of Edmonton. Including twelve vivid illustrations, The Body Embarrassed will be fascinating reading for students and scholars in the fields of Renaissance studies, gender studies, literary theory, the history of drama, and cultural history.

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The Body Embarrassed
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Gail Kern Paster
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-05 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

Men and women in early modern Europe experienced their bodies very differently from the ways in which contemporary men and women do. In this challenging and innovative book, Gail Kern Paster examines representations of the body in Elizabethan-Jacobean drama in the light of humoral medical theory, tracing the connections between
Humoring the Body
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Gail Kern Paster
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-15 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Though modern readers no longer believe in the four humors of Galenic naturalism—blood, choler, melancholy, and phlegm—early modern thought found in these bodily fluids key to explaining human emotions and behavior. In Humoring the Body, Gail Kern Paster proposes a new way to read the emotions of the early modern
The Body and Shame
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: Luna Dolezal
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-03-31 - Publisher: Lexington Books

The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body investigates the concept of body shame and explores its significance when considering philosophical accounts of embodied subjectivity. Body shame only finds its full articulation in the presence (actual or imagined) of others within a rule and norm governed milieu.
The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: David Hillman, Ulrika Maude
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This Companion offers the first systematic analysis of the body in literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: John Rumrich, Stephen M. Fallon
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-03 - Publisher:

A collection examining representations of the embodied self in the writings of Milton and his contemporaries.

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