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Marked Bodies - Divine, Human, and Bestial

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...Eighteenth-century medical men and laypeople alike puzzled over questions of how to read what seemed to be signs of a disease they knew by many names, including the “pox,” “lues” or “lues venerea,” “venereal disease,” the “French disease...

Fashion and Adornment

A Cultural History of Hair in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Eighteenth-century natural philosophy was largely concerned with everyday materials, from the natural substances that found their way into the chemist’s laboratory, to the objects introduced under the microscope. Perhaps no class...

Sexuality and Gender: Changing Identities

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...During the Enlightenment, a radical change took place in English theatre: the introduction and establishment of the professional actress. In France, Italy and Spain, theatre companies had employed women since the latter half...

Repertoires and Genres: Emotions at Play

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Medieval plays cultivated in their audiences social habits for recognizing and responding to representations of emotion. Here I suggest organizing genres in the medieval repertoire around this fundamental quality of drama: its ability...

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Matthew Kaiser

Matthew Kaiser is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Merced, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Comedy in the Age of Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...The Wandering Clown In the Poetics, Aristotle floated the theory that the origin of Greek comedy—the word “comedy” itself—can be traced to itinerant clowns venturing beyond city limits to outlying villages. Dorians “in the Peloponnese...

The Legal Profession

A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...The Tudor age began on the battlefield. A king was killed, another king picked up his crown and climbed the throne. Was he legitimate? Victory made him so. After this dubious beginning, Henry VII took great care to keep on the right side...

Medical and Scientific Understandings

A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Age of Romanticism, Revolution, and Empire Volume 5

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...The long nineteenth century witnessed the birth, in English, of “emotions” as a signifier for all those affective states, internal movements or motions, passions, feelings, and sentiments that had come before.The best introduction...

Plantings

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...In the late seventeenth century, and throughout the eighteenth, plantings not only in Britain but across Europe were dominated by introductions from abroad, especially from North America. Colonization was the enabler, or facilitator...

Property and Possession

A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...To possess is not merely to relate to a part of the world in the sense of taking power over it as a matter of right, nor property the inherent character of an unchanging self. To possess, however, is to enter into a culture...

Use and Reception

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...This chapter starts with the premise that the meaning of historic gardens is culturally determined and resides in the ways we represent them today. As Stuart Hall has observed, things or places in themselves “rarely if ever have any one...