The hurt(ful) body: Performing and beholding pain, 1600–1800

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Tomas Macsotay, Cornelis van der Haven, Karel Vanhaesebrouck
Manchester University Press, Jul 21, 2017 - Art - 368 pages
This book offers a cross-disciplinary approach to pain and suffering in the early modern period, based on research in the fields of literary studies, art history, theatre studies, cultural history and the study of emotions. The volume’s two-fold approach to the hurt body, defining ‘hurt’ from the perspectives of both victim and beholder - as well as their combined creation of a gaze - is unique. It establishes a double perspective about the riddle of ‘cruel’ viewing by tracking the shifting cultural meanings of victims’ bodies and confronting them with the values of audiences, religious and popular institutional settings and practices of punishment. It encompasses both the victim’s presence as an image or performed event of pain and the conundrum of the look – the transmitted ‘pain’ experienced by the watching audience.

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List of figures
Performing bodies
recited suffering in French tragedy late sixteenth and early seventeenth
infanticide and solace in
towards a reverse anthropology of the early modern
Masochism and the female gaze
real sympathy
Forced witnessing of pain and horror in the context of colonial
subjection through
pain in Dutch stock trade discourses

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Tomas Macsotay is Research Lecturer in Art History at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona Cornelis van der Haven is Senior Lecturer in Dutch Literature at Ghent University Karel Vanhaesebrouck is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

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