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My doctoral dissertation examines early modern English devotional handbooks, which were designed to instruct the laity on the tenets of the Protestant religion and help them navigate the religious upheavals of the sixteenth century. As part of their wide-ranging efforts to educate the laity,...
Stripped bare: Body Worlds' plastinates as anatomical portraiture, informed by both the wax sculpture of Museo della Specola, Florence, Italy, and the practices of traditional Early Modern portraitureDownload
Body Worlds, the traveling international exhibitions of posed, skinless cadavers, has attracted controversy since 1995. Installed corpses appear animated due to the plastic polymers that are forcibly injected into their bodies that enable the body to retain an enduring figural posture. A...
This dissertation examines the ways in which the living body dissolves or disintegrates in early modern literature. I juxtapose surgical narratives with dramatic and literary texts in order to better understand the cultural significance of living bodies suffering afflictions that cause them to...
My dissertation offers an innovative reading of three early modern domestic tragedies, Arden of Faversham, A Woman Killed with Kindness, and Othello, exploring parallels with the archetypal domestic tragedy of Adam and Eve through early modern commentaries on Genesis. Puritans, for whom marriage...
Scholarship on Richard Hakluyt’s compilations of travel writing regularly refers to his main literary predecessors: Richard Eden and Giovanni Battista Ramusio. However, such scholarship very rarely engages in a sustained comparison of Hakluyt’s, Eden’s, and Ramusio’s work. In George Bruner Parks’...