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Senses of Touch: Human Dignity and Deformity from Michelangelo to Calvin (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions) [Hardcover]

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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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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1998
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004111751  
ISBN13  9789004111752  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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).

Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle was born in 1943.

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