Download Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues by M. Healy PDF

By M. Healy

How did early glossy humans think their our bodies? What impression did the hot illness syphilis and recurrent outbreaks of plague have on those psychological landscapes? Why used to be the glutted stomach any such effective image of pathology? starting from the Reformation during the English Civil struggle, Fictions of affliction is a different research of a desirable cultural imaginary of "disease" and its political effects. Healy's unique procedure illuminates the period's disease-impregnated literature, together with works through Shakespeare, Heywood, Milton, Dekker, and others.

Show description

Read or Download Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues and Politics PDF

Similar special topics books

Medical Latin in the Roman Empire (Oxford Classical Monographs)

Regardless of the ever present significance of drugs in Roman literature, philosophy, and social heritage, the language of Latin clinical texts has now not been correctly studied. This booklet provides the 1st systematic account of part of this huge, wealthy box. targeting texts of "high" medication written in trained, even literary, Latin Langslow bargains an in depth linguistic profile of the clinical terminology of Celsus and Scribonius Largus (first century advert) and Theodorus Priscianus and Cassius Felix (fifth century AD), with common comparisons with their respective near-contemporaries.

Ectogenesis: Artificial Womb Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction (Value Inquiry Book Series 184)

This booklet increases many ethical, felony, social, and political, questions on the topic of attainable improvement, within the close to destiny, of a synthetic womb for human use. Is ectogenesis ever morally permissible? if this is the case, less than what conditions? Will ectogenesis increase or slash women's reproductive rights and/or their financial possibilities?

Aeromedical Transportation: A Clinical Guide

Nonetheless the single booklet released wherever on the planet that is dedicated solely to the rules of aeromedical shipping, Aeromedical Transportation has rightly develop into referred to as the only reference for the undefined. This moment version has been considerably revised and up to date; that includes the most recent learn, up-to-date references and new chapters on the shipping of in depth care sufferers, and scientific emergencies/death in flight.

Additional resources for Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues and Politics

Sample text

Bostocke, reveals the strong Platonic underpinning of Paracelsus’ theories: ‘For all thinges good or bad, be derived and doe flowe from Anima . . ’28 Indeed, Bostocke’s Auncient and Later Phisicke (1585) argues that Plato followed the ‘Priestes of Aegypt’ in subscribing to this ‘chymicall’ as opposed to ‘heathnish Phisick’, and that Paracelsus had simply revivified the art. In this system there are (since the Fall) ‘spirituall Seedes of al maner diseases, indowed with lively power’ (p. 80). Like the human body, all diseases are constituted of ‘Sal, Sulphur, and Mercury’ (p.

Evil contagion’: the occult moral universe of early modern England In spite of John Caius’ concern to keep the ‘supernatural’ out of his discipline, medical interest in psychic functioning and spiritual disease was clearly intense from the last 30 years of the sixteenth century. 49 Religious, alchemical, Neoplatonic and Paracelsan ideas are all implicated The Humoral–Paracelsan Body 41 in the rise of an occult discourse in some medical books. Lemnius’ and Burton’s sly spirits are a flamboyant manifestation of this tendency but Thomas Lodge’s account of contagion reveals a subtler veering in a similar direction: Contagion, is an evil qualitie in a bodie, communicated unto an other by touch, engendring one and the same disposition in him to whom it is communicated.

8v) of the better ones through poor regimen has such deleterious effects because it is ‘by the mynisterye and ayde’ of ‘the Spirite’ that ‘the Soule . . perfourmeth her powers and faculties’ (f. 7v). By contrast, in Elyot’s regimen ‘Spirite’ had indeed been ‘an ayre substance subtyll’, but its function was to stir ‘the powers of the body to perfourme their operations’ (the soul was not mentioned) and though the ‘Spirituall powers’ were construed as affecting the emotions there was no discussion of behaviour or sin (f.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.92 of 5 – based on 34 votes