Signing the Body

- Marks on Skin in Early Modern France

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Signing the Body
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
04-12-2019
Sprog:
Engelsk
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The first major scholarly investigation into the rich history of the marked body in the early modern period, this interdisciplinary study examines multiple forms, uses, and meanings of corporeal inscription and impression in France and the French Atlantic from the late sixteenth through early eighteenth centuries. Placing into dialogue a broad range of textual and visual sources drawn from areas as diverse as demonology, jurisprudence, mysticism, medicine, pilgrimage, commerce, travel, and colonial conquest that have formerly been examined largely in isolation, Katherine Dauge-Roth demonstrates that emerging theories and practices of signing the body must be understood in relationship to each other and to the development of other material marking practices that rose to prominence in the early modern period. While each chapter brings to light the particular histories and meanings of a distinct set of cutaneous marks-devil's marks on witches, demon's marks upon the possessed, devotional wounds, Amerindian and Holy Land pilgrim tattoos, and criminal brands-each also reveals connections between these various types of stigmata, links that were obvious to the early modern thinkers who theorized and deployed them. Moreover, the five chapters bring to the fore ways in which corporeal marking of all kinds interacted dynamically with practices of writing on, imprinting, and engraving paper, parchment, fabric, and metal that flourished in the period, together signaling important changes taking place in early modern society. Examining the marked body as a material object replete with varied meanings and uses, Signing the Body: Marks on Skin in Early Modern France shows how the skin itself became the register of the profound cultural and social transformations that characterized this era.

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Udgivelsesdato:
04-12-2019
ISBN13:
9780754657729
Vægt:
454 g
Bredde:
156 mm
Højde:
234 mm
Forlag:
Routledge
Format:
Hardback
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse The first major scholarly investigation into the rich history and ambiguous status of the body as a written object, this interdisciplinary study surveys varied forms of corporeal writing, imprinting and marking in France in the early modern period. Author Katherine Dauge-Roth demonstrates that the rise in the importance of body marks that takes place in France from the late sixteenth century through early eighteenth centuries must be understood in relationship to the growing development of written and print culture, and a specifically early modern science of signs. The book's five chapters bring to the fore ways in which writing on, printing, or marking paper, fabric, coins and other material goods interacted dynamically with practices of corporeal marking during the period, and how together they signaled both profound change taking place in early modern society and anxiety over it. Drawing from work in the fields of literature, history, gender studies, anthropology and sociology, Dauge-Roth analyzes the use of writing on the body in the popular, religious and judicial realms as a tool for the expression of individual or group identity and state control. Bringing together both primary sources and scholarly work on corporeal marking in popular religion, demonology, mysticism, medicine, art history, economic history, judicial history, travel writing and fiction, this study makes connections between diverse practices of bodily writing, painting a detailed picture of their specific cultural meanings and functions. Viewing the body as a textual object, Signing the Body in Early Modern France shows how the skin itself became the tablature of an era of profound cultural and social changes.

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