Monstrous Imagination

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 316 pages
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What woeful maternal fancy produced such a monster? This was once the question asked when a deformed infant was born. From classical antiquity through to the Enlightenment, the monstrous child bore witness to the fearsome power of the mother's imagination. What such a notion meant and how it reappeared, transformed, in the Romantic period are the questions explored in this book, a study of theories linking imagination, art and monstrous progeny.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Mothers Fancy
11
ofTeratogeny
103
Metaphors of Procreation
125
Wax Museum
188
Idumea
219
Misconceptions
239
Notes
271
Index
309
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