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At the Borders of the Human

Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period

Editors: Wiseman, Susan, Fudge, Erica, Gilbert, Ruth (Eds.)

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What is, what was the human? This book argues that the making of the human as it is now understood implies a renegotiation of the relationship between the self and the world. The development of Renaissance technologies of difference such as mapping, colonialism and anatomy 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).

About the authors

BRIAN CUMMINGS Lecturer in English in the School of European Studies, University of Essex JESS EDWARDS University of North London MARGARET HEALY Lecturer in the School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex MICHAEL NEWTON Author and Editor MARY PEACE co-editor with Vincent Quinn of a Textual Practice special edition entitled Luxurious Sexualities and The Body Politic in Eighteenth-Century Britain JULIE SANDERS Reader in English, Keele University JONATHAN SAWDAY Professor of English Studies, University of Strathclyde STEPHEN SPEED Buckinghamshire University College ALAN STEWART Reader in Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

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'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


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: the Dislocation of the Human

    Fudge, Erica (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Humanity at a Price: Erasmus, Budé, and the Poverty of Philology

    Stewart, Alan

    Pages 9-25

  • Animal Passions and Human Sciences: Shame, Blushing and Nakedness in Early Modern Europe and the New World

    Cummings, Brian

    Pages 26-50

  • Bodily Regimen and Fear of the Beast: ‘Plausibility’ in Renaissance Domestic Tragedy

    Healy, Margaret

    Pages 51-73

  • Midwifery and the New Science in the Seventeenth Century: Language, Print and the Theatre

    Sanders, Julie

    Pages 74-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
At the Borders of the Human
Book Subtitle
Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period
Editors
  • Susan Wiseman
  • Erica Fudge
  • Ruth Gilbert
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-27729-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-27729-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-27731-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-97384-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 269
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