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Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England
Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669023

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  • Michael Schoenfeldt's fascinating study explores the close relationship between selves and bodies, psychological inwardness and corporeal processes, as they are represented in English Renaissance literature. After Galen, the predominant medical paradigm of the period envisaged a self governed by humors, literally embodying inner emotion by locating and explaining human passion within a taxonomy of internal organs and fluids. It thus gave a profoundly material emphasis to behavioral phenomena, giving the poets of the period a vital and compelling vocabulary for describing the ways in which selves inhabit and experience bodies.

    • Brings together literature and history of medicine in innovative ways
    • The body and selfhood are both very hot topics, brought together in an original relationship in Schoenfeldt's work
    • Treats major poets of the English Renaissance, including both lyric and epic forms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Including extensive notes in lieu of a separate bibliography, this rich and rewarding book is very highly recommended for all academic libraries..." Choice

    "...a useful addition to the growing body of studies addressing the complexity of the early modern self...this is a book to read, mark, and inwardly digest." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "But food and appetite may, indeed, have been as important as sex, if not more so, and Schoenfeldt's Bodies and Selves takes a critical step in defining the scope and significance of that consuming obsession." Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669023
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Bodies of rule: embodiment and interiority in early modern England
    2. Fortifying inwardness: Spenser's castle of moral health
    3. The matter of inwardness: Shakespeare's Sonnets
    4. Devotion and digestion: George Herbert's consuming subject
    5. Temperance and temptation: the alimental vision in Paradise Lost

  • Author

    Michael C. Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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