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Description - The Body in Early Modern Italy by Julia L. Hairston

Human bodies have been represented and defined in various ways across different cultures and historical periods. As an object of interpretation and site of social interaction, the body has throughout history attracted more attention than perhaps any other element of human experience. The essays in this volume explore the manifestations of the body in Italian society from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Adopting a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, these fresh and thought-provoking essays offer original perspectives on corporeality as understood in the early modern literature, art, architecture, science, and politics of Italy. An impressively diverse group of contributors comment on a broad range and variety of conceptualizations of the body, creating a rich dialogue among scholars of early modern Italy. Contributors: Albert R. Ascoli, University of California, Berkeley; Douglas Biow, The University of Texas at Austin; Margaret Brose, University of California, Santa Cruz; Anthony Colantuono, University of Maryland, College Park; Elizabeth Horodowich, New Mexico State University; Sergius Kodera, New Design University, St. Polten, Austria; Jeanette Kohl, University of California, Riverside; D. Medina Lasansky, Cornell University; Luca Marcozzi, Roma Tre University; Ronald L. Martinez, Brown University; Katharine Park, Harvard University; Sandra Schmidt, Free University of Berlin; Bette Talvacchia, University of Connecticut

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801894145
ISBN-10: 080189414X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Julia L. Hairston

Julia L. Hairston is the associate academic director of the University of California, Rome Study Center, where she teaches courses in Italian literature. She has published articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Exemplaria, and MLN and is coeditor of Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Walter Stephens is the Charles S. Singleton Professor of Italian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and author of Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief and Giants in Those Days: Folklore, Ancient History, and Nationalism.