An examination of how the body--its organs, limbs, and viscera--were represented in the literature and culture of early modern Europe. This provocative volume demonstrates, the symbolism of body parts challenge our assumptions about "the body" as a fundamental Renaissance image of self, society, and nation.

part I|2 pages

Subjecting the Part

chapter 2|20 pages

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chapter 3|30 pages

Out of Joint

chapter 4|28 pages

Sins of the Tongue

chapter 5|26 pages

Visceral Knowledge

chapter 6|19 pages

Nervous Tension

part II|2 pages

Sexing the Part

chapter 7|18 pages

Is the Fundament a Grave?

chapter 8|24 pages

Missing the Breast

chapter 9|24 pages

The Rediscovery of the Clitoris

chapter 10|23 pages

Taming the Basilisk

part III|2 pages

Divining the Part

chapter 11|22 pages

Mutilation and Meaning

chapter 12|20 pages

Fables of the Belly in Early Modern England

chapter 13|21 pages

Sacred Heart and Secular Brain

chapter 14|25 pages

"God's handy worke"

part IV|2 pages

Parting Words

chapter 15|13 pages