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Sensible flesh : on touch in early modern culture / edited by Elizabeth D. Harvey.

Harvey, Elizabeth D.
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Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Physical description

vi, 320 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


Introduction: The "Sense of all senses" / Elizabeth D. Harvey -- Anxious and fatal contacts: taming the contagious touch / Margaret Healy -- "Handling soft the hurts": sexual healing and manual contact in Orlando Furioso Queene, The Faerie Queene, and All's well that ends well / Sujata Iyengar -- The subject of touch: medical authority in early modern midwifery / Eve Keller -- The touching organ: allegory, anatomy, and the renaissance skin envelope / Elizabeth D. Harvey -- As long as a Swan's neck? The significance of the "enlarged" clitoris for early modern anatomy / Bettina Mathes -- New world contacts and the trope of the "naked savage" / Scott Manning Stevens -- Noli me tangere: colonialist imperatives and enclosure acts in early modern England / Elizabeth Sauer and Lisa M. Smith -- Acting with tact: touch and theater in the Renaissance / Carla Mazzio -- Living in a material world: Margaret Cavendish's The convent of pleasure / Misty G. Anderson -- Touch in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: the sensual ethics of architecture / Rebekah Smick -- The touch of the blind man: the phenomenology of vividness in Italian Renaissance Art / Jodi Cranston -- Afterword: touching rhetoric / Lynn Enterline.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-307) and index.


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