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Title :

Imagining vermin in early modern England

Author :
FISSELL, Mary ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Fissell historicizes vermin, both as material beings and as a symbolic category rich in meanings specific to Restoration England. In the texts she analyzes - 'cheap print' books, didactic and fictional, and their illustrations, ca.1640-1700 - vermin are imagined according to three characteristics: they ate human food; they were cunning; and they understood symbols. These categories, which are also characteristic of humans, suggest that, as well as being a threat to material survival, vermin were problematic because they called into question some of the social relations which humans had built around themselves and animals. ;
Pagination/Size :
14 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Animal ; Culture populaire ; Estampe ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Illustration ; Livre ; 1600-1700 ; 1640-1700 ;
Descriptors :
Animals ; Books ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Illustration ; Popular culture ; Prints ; 1600-1700 ; 1640-1700 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
History workshop journal, 1999, 47, spring
INIST identifier :
24968935 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1363-3554 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;