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Palgrave Macmillan

The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature

ISBN 9781137015693
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Early Modern Cultural Studies Series

This volume explores the differences that separate man from other forms of life. Building on the increased attention paid in recent criticism to both plant and animal life in the Renaissance, as well as the instability of categories such as 'human' and 'animal,' the essays in this engaging collection argue for recognition of the persistently indistinct nature of humans, who cannot be finally divided ontologically or epistemologically from other forms of matter.

Jean E. Feerick is an assistant professor of English at Brown University. Vin Nardizzi is an assistant professor of English at the University of British Columbia.

On Vegetating Virgins: Greensickness and the Plant Realm in Early Modern Literature; H.M.Nunn
Shakespeare's Bastard Graffs: Early Modern Family Planning and the Problem with Plants; M.Wilson
The Roots of Oedipus in King Lear; V.Nardizzi
'A bett'ring of nature': Grafting and Embryonic Development in The Duchess of Malfi; E.Ellerbeck
Vegetable Love: Botany and Sexuality in Early Modern England; M.Swann
A Heart of Stone: The Godless in Early Modern England; T.J.Werth
'O'ersized with coagulate gore': Bodies, Blots, and Renaissance Ecologies of Inscription; J.Calhoun
Sullied Flesh: Or, the Politics of 'Hideous Orchard[s]' in Kyd and Shakespeare; J.Feerick
A Theater of Sensation? Shakespeare's Stony Women and the Boundaries of the Human; J.Waldron
The Eight Animals in Shakespeare; or, Before the Human; L.Shannon
Of Sirens and Cetacea: Shakespeare and Marine Mammals; D.Brayton
Half-fish, Half-flesh: Dolphins, Humans, and the Early Modern Ocean; S.Mentz
Eating Well: Cannibalism and Carnivorism in the Tales of La Fontaine, Perrault, and d'Aulnoy; M.Senior
Culinary Transactions: Humans, Animals, and Sensations in Early Modern Cookbooks; J.Zysk


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