Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology
Feces, urine, flatus, phlegm, vomitus âe" unlike ourselves, our most educated forebears did not disdain these functions, and, further, they employed scatological references in all manner of works. This collection of essays was provoked by what its editors considered to be a curious lacuna: the relative academic neglect of the copious and ubiquitous scatological rhetoric of Early Modern Europe, here broadly defined as the representation of the process and product of elimination of the body's waste products. The contributors to this volume examine the many forms and functions of scatology as literary and artistic trope, and reconsider this last taboo in the context of Early Modern European expression. They address unflinchingly both the objective reality of the scatological as part and parcel of material culture âe" inescapably a much larger part, a much heavier parcel then than now âe" and the subjective experience of that reality among contemporaries.
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