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Author Decamp, Eleanor Sian, 1984-
Title Civic and medical worlds in early modern England : performing barbery and surgery / Eleanor Decamp.
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Author Decamp, Eleanor Sian, 1984-
Series Early Modern Literature in History
Early modern literature in history (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Subject English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Barbers in literature.
Surgery in literature.
Literature and medicine -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Literature and medicine -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Barbers -- England -- History.
Surgery -- England -- History.
Medicine in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 277 pages .)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-266) and index.
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and Conventions; Name; Introduction: Naming of Parts; Prop; 1 'Settinge up a shoppe': Inventories and Props; Performance; 2 'Lend me thy basin, apron and razor': Disguise, (Mis)Appropriation, and Play; Sign; 3 Semiotics of Barber-Surgery in Shakespeare: Chair and Basin; Sound; 4 'And pleasant harmonie shall sound in your eares': Ballads, Music and Groans, Snip-snaps, Fiddlesticks, Ear-picks, and Wax; Voice; 5 'An unnecessary flood of words'?; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Through its rich foray into popular literary culture and medical history, this book investigates representations of regular and irregular medical practice in early modern England. Focusing on the prolific figures of the barber, surgeon and barber-surgeon, the author explores what it meant to the early modern population for a group of practitioners to be associated with both the trade guilds and an emerging professional medical world. The book uncovers the differences and cross-pollinations between barbers and surgeons' practices which play out across the literature: we learn not only about their cultural, civic, medical and occupational histories but also about how we should interpret patterns in language, name choice, performance, materiality, acoustics and semiology in the period. The investigations prompt new readings of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Beaumont, among others. And with chapters delving into early modern representations of medical instruments, hairiness, bloodletting procedures, waxy or infected ears, wart removals and skeletons, readers will find much of the contribution of this book is in its detail, which brings its subject to life.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9781137471567 (electronic bk.)
1137471565 (electronic bk.)
9781137471574 (E-PUB)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/9781137471567
OCLC # 960737308
Additional Format Print version: Decamp, Eleanor Sian, 1984- Civic and medical worlds in early modern England. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 9781137471550 1137471557 (DLC) 2015035452 (OCoLC)926050418

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