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Imagining monsters : miscreations of the self in eighteenth-century England

Author: Dennis Todd
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1726, an illiterate woman from Surrey named Mary Toft announced that she had given birth to 17 rabbits. This study recreates the story of this incident and shows how it illuminates 18th-century beliefs about the power of imagination and the problems of personal identity.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Alexander Pope; Mary Toft; Jonathan Swift; Alexander Pope; Mary Toft; Jonathan Swift; Alexander Pope; Mary Toft; Alexander Pope; Jonathan Swift; Mary Toft
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Todd
ISBN: 0226805557 9780226805559 0226805565 9780226805566
OCLC Number: 32085704
Description: xvii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for Imagining monsters : miscreations of the self in eighteenth-century England / Dennis Todd. --
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List of Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Note --
1. A New Whim Wham from Guildford --
2. Doctors in Labor --
3. Enthusiasm Delineated --
4. We Beg Leave to Assure You That We Are, &c. --
5. A Lump of Deformity --
6. The Mighty Mother, and Her Son --
7. What the Body Says --
Notes --
Index --
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature 18th century History and criticism, Self in literature, Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 Knowledge Psychology, Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744 Knowledge Psychology, Impostors and imposture England History 18th century, Identity (Psychology) in literature, Literature Psychological aspects, Toft, Mary, 1703-1763 Influence, Mother and child in literature, Imagination in literature, Monsters in literature.
Responsibility: Dennis Todd.
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