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The senses divided: Organs, objects, and media in early modern England C Mazzio Empire of the senses: the sensual culture reader, , Shakespeare and Science, c. The three-dimensional self: Geometry, melancholy, drama C Mazzio Arts of calculation: Quantifying thought in early modern Europe, , Across a collection of fourteen essays on the imagery of body parts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literary, medical, religious, and philosophical texts, The Body in Parts, edited by David Hillman and Carla Mazzio, traces an imaginary bodily representation in the early modern.
The body parts and the theoretical focus range throughout the book, including pieces on the breast present in poetry or missing in narratives on Amazons, the tongue and the problem of boundaries, fundaments as rectums and foundations, lesbianism and the medical view of the clitoris, the belly and social order, fantasies of the eye's [End Page ] power, and the sacred heart of Jesus. The result is not a comprehen-sive overview of the early modern body, but a collection of essays linked by a shared focus on the body and on the ontological status of the part.
In the process, The Body in Parts raises questions about location and dis-location, subjects and objects, and the ways in which aspects of culture came to be imagined within the parts of a dissected body. One of the critical blurbs on the book jacket claims: " The Body in Parts is a must-read not only for those interested in the culture of early modern Europe, but for anyone interested in thinking about the modern and postmodern body as well.
The Body in Parts
It is part of a newly invigorated and refocused field of literary and cultural studies of bodies fragmented, dead, written on, dissected, volatile, ventriloquized, and "freaked. The Body in Parts contributes to the field a tighter focus on images of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the "early early modern" for some and certainly will have something of interest for those working on the body in literature, medical history, religious philosophy, or travel narrative, as well as those studying sexuality or theories of fragmentation.
World historians may find elements of interest in several of the essays. Kathryn Schwarz's study of the breast includes early modern tales of milk-squirting Aztec women and monomastic Amazons.
For Schwarz, the breast nurturing, missing, squirting, or threatening finds its place within a European context of socialized anxieties and desires centered on the female body. Katherine Park's essay on images of lesbianism and female genital hypertrophy in early modern medical literature includes a commentary on the female diviners of Fez in Mauritania from Leo Africanus' Historical Description of Africa.
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