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220 pages
9 x 6 inches
Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity
Medieval Institute Publications
Hardback (March 2018)
ISBN-13 9781580442756
ISBN-10 1580442757
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PDF eBook (March 2018)
ISBN-13 9781580442763
ISBN-10 1580442765
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Cultural Studies
Renaissance Studies
Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance
Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies
by Touba Ghadessi
At the center of this interdisciplinary study are court monsters--dwarves, hirsutes, and misshapen individuals--who, by their very presence, altered Renaissance ethics vis-à-vis anatomical difference, social show more
   about the author

Touba Ghadessi is Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College. 
   table of contents

Difference as an Inquiry
Renaissance Portrait and Intellectual Frame
Perfected Miniatures - Dwarves at Court
A Civilized Savage - The Hirsute's Conquest
Audible Absence - The Castrato's Voice

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"This lively and engaging study not only reveals and reconceptualizes portraits of human 'monsters,' but also, in so doing, rewrites the history of Renaissance portraiture. Ghadessi uses images of known, show more
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