Item description for Senses of Touch: Human Dignity and Deformity from Michelangelo to Calvin (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions) by Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle...
This volume anatomizes the human hand as a rhetorical figure for dignity and deformity in early modern culture. It concerns a valuational shift from the contemplative ideal, as signified by the sense of touch. From posture to piety, from manicure to magic, the book seeks to discover touch in a critical period of its historical development, in anatomy and society. It features new interpretations of two landmarks of Western civilization: Michelangelo's fresco of the creation of Adam and Calvin's doctrine of election. It also accords special attention to the typing of women as sensual creatures by using their hands as a heuristic. The book's alternative interpretations explore in theory and in practice the sensuality, the creativity, and the plain ultilty of hands, thus integrating biology and culture.
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Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle is a cultural historian specializing in the rhetoric of religion. She is the author of five previous books, most recently "Divine Domesticity" (1996) and "Petrarch's Genius": Pentimento and Prophecy" (California, 1991).