The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Body Emblazoned 'A major event in the cultural history of the modern era ... beautifully written, rich in insights, and a pleasure to read. A most absorbing and illuminating work of scholarship.' - Roy Porter, The Wellcome Institute
- Published: 01 March 1997
- Format: Paperback 376 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415157193 ISBN 10: 0415157196
- Sales rank: 930,869
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Full description for The Body Emblazoned
An outstanding piece of scholarship and a fascinating read, The Body Emblazoned is a compelling study of the culture of dissection the English Renaissance, which informed intellectual enquiry in Europe for nearly two hundred years. In this outstanding work, Jonathan Sawday explores the dark, morbid eroticism of the Renaissance anatomy theatre, and relates it to not only the great monuments of Renaissance art, but to the very foundation of the modern idea of knowledge. Though the dazzling displays of the exterior of the body in Renaissance literature and art have long been a subject of enquiry, The Body Emblazoned considers the interior of the body, and what it meant to men and women in early modern culture. A richly interdisciplinary work, The Body Emblazoned re-assesses modern understanding of the literature and culture of the Renaissance and its conceptualization of the body within the domains of the medical and moral, the cultural and political.