Beyond the body : the boundaries of medicine and English renaissance drama (Book, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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Beyond the body : the boundaries of medicine and English renaissance drama

Author: William Kerwin
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2005.
Series: Massachusetts studies in early modern culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a book about two things: medical instability and Renaissance drama. Medical stories are always also social stories, and William Kerwin presents five case studies of how the fragile and dynamic relationship between the medical and the nonmedical played out in Renaissance England. Renaissance drama richly staged that process, presenting medical practitioners in ways that undermined any attempt to imagine them  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kerwin, William.
Beyond the body.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)604716882
Online version:
Kerwin, William.
Beyond the body.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607705915
Named Person: Englisch
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Kerwin
ISBN: 1558494820 9781558494824
OCLC Number: 57004066
Description: viii, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Narratives in medicine --
Drug cultures : materia medica and new men --
Medea's traces : women practitioners in history and drama --
"Give me a look, give me a face" : surgeons, satirists and early modern inwardness --
From mountebanks to virtuosi : professing physicians and medical anti-theatricality --
Beyond body and soul : twelfth night and early modern medicine.
Series Title: Massachusetts studies in early modern culture.
Responsibility: William Kerwin.
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"This is a book about two things: medical instability and Renaissance drama. Medical stories are always also social stories, and William Kerwin presents five case studies of how the fragile and dynamic relationship between the medical and the nonmedical played out in Renaissance England. Renaissance drama richly staged that process, presenting medical practitioners in ways that undermined any attempt to imagine them as self-defining. Playwrights consistently unmasked fictions of medical autonomy, emphasizing that a variety of social narratives competed in the shaping of the medical culture." "Drawing on research in the social history of medicine as well as a wide-ranging collection of primary narratives of medical encounters, Kerwin pursues the stories of several medical groups. Specifically, he examines women healers in terms of the changing place of women in the public sphere; the connections between drug sellers - apothecaries and alchemists - and an emerging modern economy; the role barbers and surgeons played in early modern concerns for protecting a new sense of privacy and interiority; the ways physicians defined their professional primacy through the language of theaters and actors; and the ways individual patients employed rhetorics of diagnosis as a way of participating in sectarian religious battles. The study moves from the dynamics of medical politics to the work drama does in exposing those dynamics. In addition to offering astute readings of works by Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, the book pays substantial attention to plays by Samuel Daniel, John Fletcher, John Ford, Thomas Heywood, John Lyly, Philip Massinger, and John Webster."--Jacket.

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