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Washed and Spiced

Peter Bradshaw

19 October 1995
The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture 
by Jonathan Sawday.
Routledge, 327 pp., £35, May 1995, 0 415 04444 8
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... and dubiously fruitful extrapolation of the obvious which – with its interest in violent and pitiful subjection – promotes a neurotic and defeatist view of power in history and discourse. JonathanSawday’s The Body Emblazoned, a monumental study of Renaissance anatomy, is a contribution to this debate. It is an impressive work which investigates the troubled status of the body in the English ...

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