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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature$
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Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940520

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.001.0001

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The Poetics of Anatomy

The Poetics of Anatomy

John Donne’s Dissection of the Male Body1

(p.17) Chapter One The Poetics of Anatomy
The Male Body in Medicine and Literature

Jamie McKinstry

Liverpool University Press

Jamie McKinstry examines the early modern history of anatomical dissection as an exploratory process of formalising knowledge and of encountering the unexpected within. The sixteenth-century journey inside the body has parallels, McKinstry argues, with the contemporaneous exploration of the New World and in Donne’s poetry he sees reflected a linked throwing-off of ignorance and an embracing of new physical metaphors.

Keywords:   John Donne, Anatomy, Dissection, American history, History of Medicine

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