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Bodies from the Darkside: Paradoxes of Female Anatomy in the Rena issance

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1999
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The body in anthropo logy represents more than a phys ical endpoint of human evolution. It is both the template for cultural imprint, and a symbol that communicates cultural information. ln the context of the Renaissance as an ethnographic e ntity, th e status of women is examined through two kinds of images: anatomic and fine art. Although the Renaissance is generally heralded as a boundary between medieval superstition and humanism, with its improvement in the quality of life, few scholars have examined if that change applied to women. Using Kelly-Gadol's thesis that women did not have a renaissance in the Renaissance, this thesis wiII show their restricted status through the lens of anthropology of the body. Witch persecutions, sumptuary laws and curious metal appurtenances to restrict the body support this view. Kuhn's paradigm theory and Turner's work on IIminality are relevant with regard to unequal male-female status. When normal science is presented with new information that is anomalous, a period of denial ensues. Thus, the domain of authority was challenged by observation and created conflict along with discovery. The most drastic of these raged between female sexuality versus reproduction.
Title: Bodies from the Darkside: Paradoxes of Female Anatomy in the Rena issance.
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Name(s): Thompson, Lana.
Brown, Susan Love, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 1999
Date Issued: 1999
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 161 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The body in anthropo logy represents more than a phys ical endpoint of human evolution. It is both the template for cultural imprint, and a symbol that communicates cultural information. ln the context of the Renaissance as an ethnographic e ntity, th e status of women is examined through two kinds of images: anatomic and fine art. Although the Renaissance is generally heralded as a boundary between medieval superstition and humanism, with its improvement in the quality of life, few scholars have examined if that change applied to women. Using Kelly-Gadol's thesis that women did not have a renaissance in the Renaissance, this thesis wiII show their restricted status through the lens of anthropology of the body. Witch persecutions, sumptuary laws and curious metal appurtenances to restrict the body support this view. Kuhn's paradigm theory and Turner's work on IIminality are relevant with regard to unequal male-female status. When normal science is presented with new information that is anomalous, a period of denial ensues. Thus, the domain of authority was challenged by observation and created conflict along with discovery. The most drastic of these raged between female sexuality versus reproduction.
Identifier: FA00000970 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1999.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Subject(s): Physical anthropology
Women--History--Renaissance, 1450-1600
Body, Human--Social aspects
Anatomy, Artistic
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