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The making of the monstrous: Female navigation of the Galenic humoral model in early modern England


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This thesis will focus on the way the female subject was discursively produced within the Galenic-humoral model. There has recently been a move by literary and historical theorists to view this model one in which the subject may have the ability to fashion him/herself through moderation and self-control. In his recent work Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England, Michael Schoenfeldt writes: "I stress the empowerment that Galenic psychology and ethics bestowed on the individual." Working in a different direction than those who have claimed the Galenic model to be one of repression, Schoenfeldt, "emphasizes rather that self-control authorizes individuality" (11). The arguments he makes are convincing, and it is easy to see that the discourse of the humors instilled a need for balance in almost all aspects of early modern life. Yet, I will that this is not true of all subjects, and move to show that women's physical bodies and place in the discourse of balance excluded them from the realm of self-fashioning through moderation or self-control. This created a situation in which women had to search for alternative ways to find the agency to fashion the self.

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Subject
Modern literature;
Womens studies;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0298: Modern literature
0453: Womens studies
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Britain
Title
The making of the monstrous: Female navigation of the Galenic humoral model in early modern England
Author
West, Brittany Lynn
Number of pages
33
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0128
Source
MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124138725
Advisor
Singh, Jyotsna
University/institution
Michigan State University
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1485598
ProQuest document ID
746585875
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/746585875
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