Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic : Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England

Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic : Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England

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Jonathan Gil Harris examines the origins of modern discourses of social pathology in Elizabethan and Jacobean medical and political writing. Plays, pamphlets and political treatises of this period display an increasingly xenophobic tendency to attribute England's ills to 'foreign bodies' such as Jews, Catholics and witches, as well as treat their allegedly 'poisonous' features for the health of the body politic. Harris argues that this tendency resonates with two of the distinctive paradigms of Paracelsus' pharmacy which also includes the notion that poison has a medicinal power. The emergence of these paradigms in early modern English political thought signals a decisive shift from Galenic humoral tradition towards twentieth-century politico-medical discourses of 'infection' and 'containment', which, like their early modern predecessors, make mysterious the domestic origins of social conflict and the operations of political authority.


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Details

Author(s)
Mr. Jonathan Gil Harris, Stephen Orgel, Anne Barton, Jonathan Dollimore, Marjorie Garber, Jonathan Goldberg, Nancy Vickers, Peter Holland, Kathleen McLuskie
Format
Paperback | 216 pages
Dimensions
151 x 228 x 12mm | 327g
Publication date
14 Dec 2006
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
2 Halftones, unspecified
ISBN10
052103468X
ISBN13
9780521034685
Bestsellers rank
1,964,608