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Dead Hands: Fictions of Agency, Renaissance to Modern


On Sale Now! Save 7% on the Dead Hands: Fictions of Agency, Renaissance to Modern by Katherine Rowe at Jen Blood. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Dead Hands examines the curious imaginative device of the wandering disembodied or ghostly hand Threading historical theoretical and formalist


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Dead Hands examines the curious imaginative device of the wandering disembodied or ghostly hand Threading historical theoretical and formalist questions through readings of Shakespeare Webster Maupassant Le Fanu and Twain the book illuminates the complex social fictions invested in the faculties of the hand and tested by this evocative device Literary dead hands draw on and elaborate varied traditions of manual iconography from 16th century religious imagery medical anatomies emblem books witchcraft and folklore to the popular metaphors of 19th century industrialism contemporary labour movements and forensic science The author argues that the dead hand represents ideas of human agency particularly concerns about the fraught relationship between intention and meaningful action and that it illuminates changing assumptions about bodily experience that sustain legal and political definitions of person in these different periods Dead Handstraces the fascinating career of a curious imaginative device the wandering disembodied or ghostly hand The author situates this familiar gothic convention in its richer literary and intellectual contexts from early modern English drama through American fiction Dexterously threading historical theoretical and formalist questions through readings of the plays of Shakespeare and Webster and the haunted tales of Maupassant Le Fanu and Twain the book illuminates the complex social fictions invested in the faculties of the hand and tested by this evocative device The book brings together a broad and eclectic array of manual iconography from sixteenth century religious imagery medical anatomies emblem books witchcraft and folklore to the popular metaphors of nineteenth century industrialism contemporary labor movements and forensic science Literary dead hands draw on and elaborate these varied traditions to sometimes humorous and sometimes chilling effect Across such disparate fields the auth

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Manufacturer:Stanford University Press
Brand:Katherine Rowe
Publisher:Stanford University Press
Studio:Stanford University Press
EAN:9780804733854
Item Weight:1 pounds
Item Size:0.9 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
Package Weight:1 pounds
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