[Epub] Imagining Monsters Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth Century England By Dennis Todd – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[Epub] Imagining Monsters Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth Century England By Dennis Todd – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❰EPUB❯ ✼ Imagining Monsters Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth Century England Author Dennis Todd – Serv3.3pub.co.uk In 1726 an illiterate woman from Surrey named Mary Toft announced that she had given birth to seventeen rabbits Deceiving respected physicians and citizens alike she created a hoax that held England s In an illiterate Miscreations of PDF Å woman from Surrey named Mary Toft announced that she had given birth to seventeen rabbits Deceiving respected physicians and citizens alike she created a hoax that held England spellbound for months In Imagining Monsters Dennis Todd tells the story of this bizarre incident Imagining Monsters Kindle - and shows how it illuminates eighteenth century beliefs about the power of imagination and the problems of personal identityMary Toft's outrageous claim was accepted because of a common belief that the imagination of a pregnant woman could deform her fetus creating a monster within her Drawing on largely Monsters Miscreations of PDF/EPUB ¿ unexamined material from medicine embryology philosophy and popular monster exhibitions Todd shows that such ideas about monstrous births expressed a fear central to scientific literary and philosophical thinking that the imagination could transgress the barrier between mind and bodyIn his analysis of the Toft case Todd exposes deep Monsters Miscreations of the Self PDF or anxieties about the threat this transgressive imagination posed to the idea of the self as stable coherent and autonomous Major works of Pope and Swift reveal that they too were concerned with these Monsters Miscreations of the Self PDF or issues and Imagining Monsters provides detailed discussions of Gulliver's Travels and The Dunciad illustrating how these writers used images of monstrosity to explore the problematic nature of human identity It also includes a provocative analysis of Pope's later work that takes into account his physical deformity and his need to defend himself in a society that linked a deformed body with a deformed character.


2 thoughts on “Imagining Monsters Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth Century England

  1. Oscar Oscar says:

    A bizarre yet informational analysis of the creation of monsters Why do people create monsters and why do people so readily accept the idea of an inhuman explanation for their problems? To deliver its point Todd describes the story of Mary Toft a woman who conned England into believing she could give birth to rabbits The entire story goes to so many ridiculous levels its hard to believe historians haven't kept track of the events Todd's telling of the Toft story makes use of immaculate research and easily summarizes the difficult passages and journals he uses for his evidence Highly recommend giving a look if you enjoy strange interesting tales that help explain a part of human nature


  2. Jack Jack says:

    nothing like a book about a woman who faked giving birth to rabbits


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