Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present by Kate Fisher, Sarah Toulalan

By Kate Fisher, Sarah Toulalan

An exam of ways our bodies and sexualities were built, labeled, represented, clinically determined, skilled and subverted from the 15th to the early twenty-first century. It attracts realization to continuities in brooding about our bodies and intercourse: suggestion could have replaced, yet hi there however draw on older principles and language.

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32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 23 Intimate Experience of the Body in the Eighteenth Century: Between Interiority and Exteriority’, Medical History, 47, 451–72; Stanley Joel Reiser (1978) Medicine and the Reign of Technology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), esp. chapters 1, ‘Examination of the Patient in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’ and 2, ‘The Stethoscope and the Detection of Pathology by Sound’. Lianne McTavish (2004) Childbirth and the Display of Authority in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot: Ashgate).

31 However, this power usually assumed negative connotations and could be utilized to hold women responsible for physically weakened or abnormal offspring. Crooke admitted that monsters could be the result of weak seed or sodomy, theoretically making men as culpable as women, but he maintained that imagination – specifically the mother’s imagination – was the primary cause of monstrous births. Nevertheless, what made the ‘hairy maid’ remarkable was precisely that she was covered with hair. The length of hair, and the places where hair grows, provided early modern commentators with visual and tangible indicators that denoted differences both between and within the two sexes.

Roy Porter and Lesley Hall (1995) The Facts of Life: The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650–1950 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press), chapter 2. 4. Lauren Kassell (2005) Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London (Oxford: Oxford University Press); Andrew Wear (2000) Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. ) Popular Culture in SeventeenthCentury England (London: Routledge), pp. 198–243; Keith Thomas (1991 [1971]) Religion and the Decline of Magic (Harmondsworth: Penguin), pp.

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