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The human face of early modern England

Fudge, Erica (2011) The human face of early modern England. Angelaki, 16 (1). pp. 97-110.

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    Abstract

    This essay traces out the context that allowed numerous early modern thinkers to deny that animals had faces. Using early- to mid-seventeenth-century writing by, among others, John Milton, John Bulwer and Ben Jonson, it shows that faces were understood to be sites of meaning, and were thus, like gestural language and the capacity to perform a dance, possessed by humans alone. Animals, this discourse argued, have no ability to communicate meaningfully because they have no bodily control, and as such they are faceless beings without individuality and without a sense of self-consciousness. The ethical implications of such a reading of the human face are far reaching.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 29508
    Keywords: history, England, humanity, human, History (General)
    Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 16:39
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:24
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29508

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