The Resource Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740, Lucinda Cole

Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740, Lucinda Cole

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Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740
Title
Imperfect creatures
Title remainder
vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740
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Lucinda Cole
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Language
eng
Summary
Lucinda Cole's Imperfect Creatures offers the first full-length study of the shifting, unstable, but foundational status of "vermin" as creatures and category in the early modern literary, scientific, and political imagination. In the space between theology and an emergent empiricism, Cole's argument engages a wide historical swath of canonical early modern literary texts--William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, Abraham Cowley's The Plagues of Egypt, Thomas Shadwell's The Virtuoso, the Earl of Rochester's "A Ramble in St. James's Park," and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Journal of the Plague Year--alongside other nonliterary primary sources and under-examined archival materials from the period, including treatises on animal trials, grain shortages, rabies, and comparative neuroanatomy. As Cole illustrates, human health and demographic problems--notably those of feeding populations periodically stricken by hunger, disease, and famine--were tied to larger questions about food supplies, property laws, national identity, and the theological imperatives that underwrote humankind's claim to dominion over the animal kingdom. In this context, Cole's study indicates, so-called "vermin" occupied liminal spaces between subject and object, nature and animal, animal and the devil, the devil and disease--even reason and madness. This verminous discourse formed a foundational category used to carve out humankind's relationship to an unpredictable, irrational natural world, but it evolved into a form for thinking about not merely animals but anything that threatened the health of the body politic--humans, animals, and even thoughts
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Cole, Lucinda
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index present
LC call number
PN55
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Science in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and science
  • Pests in literature
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • NATURE
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Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740, Lucinda Cole
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Reading beneath the Grain -- Rats, Witches, Miasma, and Early Modern Theories of Contagion -- Swarming Things: Dearth and the Plagues of Egypt in Wither and Cowley -- "Observe the Frog": Imperfect Creatures, Neuroanatomy, and the Problem of the Human -- Libertine Biopolitics: Dogs, Bitches, and Parasites in Shadwell, Rochester, and Gay -- What Happened to the Rats? Hoarding, Hunger, and Storage on Crusoe's Island -- Afterword: We Have Never Been Perfect
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online
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9780472121557
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rdamedia
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not applicable
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remote
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000046
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  • (KUround2)608290
  • (OCoLC)941997489
  • (OCoLC-P)941997489
  • (KnowledgeUnlatched)(KU)608290
Label
Imperfect creatures : vermin, literature, and the sciences of life, 1600-1740, Lucinda Cole
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Reading beneath the Grain -- Rats, Witches, Miasma, and Early Modern Theories of Contagion -- Swarming Things: Dearth and the Plagues of Egypt in Wither and Cowley -- "Observe the Frog": Imperfect Creatures, Neuroanatomy, and the Problem of the Human -- Libertine Biopolitics: Dogs, Bitches, and Parasites in Shadwell, Rochester, and Gay -- What Happened to the Rats? Hoarding, Hunger, and Storage on Crusoe's Island -- Afterword: We Have Never Been Perfect
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780472121557
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
000046
System control number
  • (KUround2)608290
  • (OCoLC)941997489
  • (OCoLC-P)941997489
  • (KnowledgeUnlatched)(KU)608290

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