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At the Borders of the Human
Beasts, Bodies and National Philosophy in the Early Modern Period
 
 
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19 Mar 2002
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What is, what was the human? This book argues that the development of Renaissance technologies of difference such as mapping, colonialism and anatomy apparently established boundaries between the human and its others, but paradoxically, also illuminated the similarities between human and non-human. This collection considers the borders between humans and their imagined others: animals, women, native subjects, machines. It examines border creatures (hermaphrodites, wildmen and cyborgs) and border practices (science, surveying and pornography). Essays focus on literary, cultural and scientific texts from the mid-sixteenth century to the late-eighteenth century.


Description

What is, what was the human? This book argues that the development of Renaissance technologies of difference such as mapping, colonialism and anatomy apparently established boundaries between the human and its others, but paradoxically, also illuminated the similarities between human and non-human. This collection considers the borders between humans and their imagined others: animals, women, native subjects, machines. It examines border creatures (hermaphrodites, wildmen and cyborgs) and border practices (science, surveying and pornography). Essays focus on literary, cultural and scientific texts from the mid-sixteenth century to the late-eighteenth century.


Reviews

'all [the essays] are lively and original, and offer new perspectives on a provocative and... inexhaustible subject' - Eileen Reeves, Renaissance Quarterly

'The essays...open up [a] neglected aspect of our cultural history' - David Salter, Cahiers Elizabéthains


Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: the Dislocation of the Human; E.Fudge, R.Gilbert, S.J.Wiseman
Humanity at a Price: Erasmus, Budé, and the Poverty of Philology; A.Stewart
Animal Passions and Human Science: Shame, Blushing and Nakedness in Early Modern Europe and the New World; B.Cummings
Bodily Regimen and Fear of the Beast: 'Plausibility' in Renaissance Domestic Tragedy; M.Healy
Midwifery and the New Science in the Seventeenth Century: Language, Print and the Theatre; J.Sanders
Calling Creatures By Their True Names: Bacon, the New Science and the Beast in Man; E.Fudge
Cartographic Arrest: Harvey, Raleigh, Drayton and the Mapping of Sense; S.Speed
'The Doubtful Traveller': Mathematics, Metaphor, and the Cartographic Origins of the American Frontier; J.Edwards
Seeing and Knowing: Science, Pornography and Early Modern Hermaphrodites; R.Gilbert
'Forms Such as Never Were in Nature': The Renaissance Cyborg; J.Sawday
Bodies Without Souls; The Case of Peter the Wild Boy; M.Newton
Monstrous Perfectibility: Ape-Human Transformations in Hobbes, Bulwer, Rousseau; S.Wiseman
The Economy of Nymphomania: Luxury, Virtue, Sentiment and Desire in Mid-Eighteenth Century Medical Discourse; M.Peace
Index


Authors

ERICA FUDGE is Lecturer in English Literary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University. She is the author of Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Macmillan, forthcoming).

RUTH GILBERT is Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Early Modern Hermaphrodites: Sex and Other Stories.

SUSAN WISEMAN is Lecturer in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.