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The Resource The language of the heart : 1600-1750, Robert A. Erickson

The language of the heart : 1600-1750, Robert A. Erickson

Label
The language of the heart : 1600-1750
Title
The language of the heart
Title remainder
1600-1750
Statement of responsibility
Robert A. Erickson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Language of the Heart, the first full-scale study of the depictions of the human heart in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Robert Erickson contends that the making of the modern world coincided with the reconfiguration of gender and reveals how changes in the representation of the heart both reflected and helped produce this shift. In The Motion of the Heart and Blood (1653), William Harvey had set forth the scientific model of a phallic, generative organ pumping blood through a feminized body; in Paradise Lost, it is through the protracted rape and violation of Eve's heart that the Fall of Man occurs; nearly a century later Samuel Richardson's Clarissa would present a no less forceful feminist and heroic narrative of the heart's power. Examining these and other - mostly English - literary, medical, religious, and philosophical texts, Erickson uncovers two ruling clusters of metaphors: one associating the heart with language, writing, and thought, the other with sex, passion, and gender. Charting the tension between the two, he offers a brilliant new reading of one of the central symbols in Western culture. The Language of the Heart presents a study of images that is less concerned with the tally of external figures of nature than with the construction of human physiology - and human nature itself. It is at once a work of rigorous historicist examination and a book of immense relevance to modern readers living in a new "cardiocentric" age
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Erickson, Robert A
Dewey number
820.9/36
Index
index present
LC call number
PR438.H43
LC item number
E75 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New cultural studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Heart in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and science
  • English literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Emotions in literature
  • Cardiology
  • Literature and science
  • Heart
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Metaphor
  • England
Label
The language of the heart : 1600-1750, Robert A. Erickson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36133326
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 273 pages
Isbn
9780812233940
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96053150
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The language of the heart : 1600-1750, Robert A. Erickson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36133326
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 273 pages
Isbn
9780812233940
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96053150
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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