Exceptional Bodies in Early Modern Culture: Concepts of Monstrosity Before the Advent of the Normal (Hardcover)

Exceptional Bodies in Early Modern Culture: Concepts of Monstrosity Before the Advent of the Normal By Maja Bondestam (Editor), Maria Kavvadia (Contribution by), Parker Cotton (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Maja Bondestam (Editor), Maria Kavvadia (Contribution by), Parker Cotton (Contribution by)
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Drawing on a rich array of textual and visual primary sources, including medicine, satires, play scripts, dictionaries, natural philosophy, and texts on collecting wonders, this book provides a fresh perspective on monstrosity in early modern European culture. The essays explore how exceptional bodies challenged social, religious, sexual and natural structures and hierarchies in the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and contributed to its knowledge, moral and emotional repertoire. Prodigious births, maternal imagination, hermaphrodites, collections of extraordinary things, powerful women, disabilities, controversial exercise, shapeshifting phenomena and hybrids are examined in a period before all varieties and differences became normalized to a homogenous standard. The historicizing of exceptional bodies is central in the volume since it expands our understanding of early modern culture and deepens our knowledge of its specific ways of conceptualizing singularities, rare examples, paradoxes, rules and conventions in nature and society.

About the Author


Maja Bondestam is an Associate Professor in History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University. Her research is focused on the body in the shift from the early modern to the modern period and on medicine and natural history.


Product Details
ISBN: 9789463721745
ISBN-10: 9463721746
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication Date: November 9th, 2020
Pages: 202
Language: English