Publisher description for Medicinal cannibalism in early modern English literature and culture / Louise Noble.


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Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture examines an important moment in the long history of the medical use and abuse of the human body. In early modern Protestant England, the fragmented corpse was processed, circulated, and ingested as a valuable drug in a medical economy underpinned by a brutal judicial system. In a meticulous engagement with an extensive range of medical, religious, and literary texts, Louise Noble shows how early modern writers became obsessed with medicinal cannibalism and its uncanny link to the contested Eucharist sacrament. In the process, Noble points out startling continuities between early modern and contemporary medical consumptions of the body.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Cannibalism in literature.
Medicine in literature.
Human body in literature.
Cannibalism -- Great Britain -- History.
Medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Literature and medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Literature and medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.