dimanche 26 mai 2024

Monstruosité, corps et savoir au début de l'Angleterre moderne

Monstrosity, Bodies, and Knowledge in Early Modern England: Curiosity to See and Behold   

Whitney Dirks 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amsterdam University Press (May 17, 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 290 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9462986673
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9462986671 

In 1680, the poor cottager Mary Herring gave birth to conjoined twins. At two weeks of age, they were kidnapped to be shown for money, and their deaths shortly thereafter gave rise to a four-year legal battle over ownership and income. The Herring twins’ microhistory weaves throughout this book, as the chapter structure alternates between the family’s ordeal and the broader cultural context of how so-called ‘monstrous births’ (a contemporary term for deformed humans and animals) were discussed in cheap print, exhibited in London’s pubs and coffeehouses, examined by the Royal Society, portrayed in visual culture, and litigated in London’s legal courts. This book ties together social and medical history, Disability Studies, and Monster Studies to argue that people discussed unusual bodies in early modern England because they provided newsworthy entertainment, revealed the will of God, and demonstrated the internal workings of Nature.

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