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Bodies Complexioned: Human Variation and Racism in Early Modern English Culture, C. 1600-1750

Mark S. Dawson

Abstract

This book examines early modern English notions of bodily difference. Tracing how the English valued somatic contrasts, both amongst themselves and, as they ventured into and through the Atlantic, among non-Europeans, this book demonstrates that individuals’ distinctive features were thought to be innate, even as discrete populations were also believed to have fleshly characteristics in common – whether similarities in skin-tone, facial profile, hair colour, or demeanour. According to much scholarship, bodies thought to be constituted from the same four elemental fluids as Adam and Eve’s – the ... More

Keywords: Monogenesis, Humoralism, Racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526134486
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526134493

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Dawson, author
Australian National University