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The Body in Early Modern Italy Hardcover – February 23, 2010
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"A highly insightful look into history and art, a top pick for such collections for both community and college libraries."(Midwest Book Review)
"A collection for those interested in Italian and comparative literature, early modern studies, cultural history, or gender studies."(Choice)
"The broad scope of the essays and the questions they raise will be of compelling importance to any reader interested in the Renaissance, not only the Italian Renaissance, and to scholars across the disciplines from literature, performance, art history, and philosophy to sexuality, gender studies, and science."(Bella Mirabella Clio)
"The book goes beyond the studies that are conventionally understood as the sphere of "the body" to include deportment in public and private, gymnastics, warfare, dueling and hunting."(Christine Meek Sixteenth Century Journal)
"This fine work stands as evidence of the benefits of interdisciplinarity."(Holly S. Hurlburt Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal)
"A welcome addition to the literature on gender and sexuality. The majority of its essays employ innovative methodologies that yield fresh insights into the norms and transgressions of the early modern body... The book will be valuable to a range of scholars and students, and is an important contribution to the study of early modern notions of the body."(Joyce de Vries European History Quarterly)
"The interdisciplinary approach of The Body in Early Modern Italy is a great success."(Cynthia Nazarian Renaissance Quarterly)
About the Author
Julia L. Hairston is the associate academic director of the University of California, Rome Study Center, where she teaches courses in Italian literature. She has published articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Exemplaria, and MLN and is coeditor of Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Walter Stephens is the Charles S. Singleton Professor of Italian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and author of Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief and Giants in Those Days: Folklore, Ancient History, and Nationalism.