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Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740

Author: Lucinda Cole
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lucinda Cole's Imperfect Creatures offers the first full-length study of the shifting, unstable, but foundational status of "vermin" as creatures and category in the early modern literary, scientific, and political imagination. In the space between theology and an emergent empiricism, Cole's argument engages a wide historical swath of canonical early modern literary texts--William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Christopher  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucinda Cole
ISBN: 9780472072958 0472072951 9780472052950 0472052950
OCLC Number: 930825169
Description: vi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Reading beneath the Grain --
Rats, Witches, Miasma, and Early Modern Theories of Contagion --
Swarming Things: Dearth and the Plagues of Egypt in Wither and Cowley --
"Observe the Frog": Imperfect Creatures, Neuroanatomy, and the Problem of the Human --
Libertine Biopolitics: Dogs, Bitches, and Parasites in Shadwell, Rochester, and Gay --
What Happened to the Rats? Hoarding, Hunger, and Storage on Crusoe's Island --
Afterword: We Have Never Been Perfect.
Responsibility: Lucinda Cole.

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Offers the first full-length study of the shifting, unstable, but foundational status of "vermin" as creatures and category in the early modern literary, scientific, and political imagination. In the  Read more...

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"For the last decade Lucinda Cole has been an important figure in animal studies, and here she carries the debate about human-animal relations into new territory by considering them as Read more...

 
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