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The Body in Early Modern England: Sources (HIH3132)

30 credits

This module will provide a detailed analysis of the sources available for a study of the body in early modern England. Topics covered will include: anatomy; sex and gender; sex and sexuality; medicine and midwifery; life-stages from conception to old age; illness and disease; death and dissection; regulating the body (including morality, size, behaviour); deformed, disabled, foreign and monstrous bodies. Seminars will focus on exploring the sources, enabling you to develop your skills and knowledge of the subject and to discuss issues about interpretation.

If you have not previously studied the period you will be expected to do some general reading to familiarise yourself with the early modern world.

The co-requisite module – HIH3133 The Body in Early Modern England: Context – will complement this one with a close analysis of the modern historiography of the period and the subject.