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The Hurt(ful) Body: Performing and Beholding Pain, 1600-1800

Tomas Macsotay, Cornelis van der Haven, and Karel Vanhaesebrouck


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. It has a sustained focus on visual sources, textual material and documents about actual events rather than well-known thinkers or ‘masterpieces’ of art history, and a preference for cases and historical contexts over systematic theory-building. The hurt(ful) body brings under discussion visual and performative representations of embodied pain, using an insistently dialectic ... More

Keywords: Body; Pain; Visual Arts; Theatre; Early Modern Period

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781784995164
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784995164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tomas Macsotay, editor
Pompeu Fabra University

Cornelis van der Haven, editor
Ghent University

Karel Vanhaesebrouck, editor
Université Libre de Bruxelles

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Tomas Macsotay, Cornelis van der Haven and Karel Vanhaesebrouck

Part I Performing bodies

Part II Beholders

5 Masochism and the female gaze

John Yamamoto-Wilson

Part III Institutions


Javier Moscoso

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