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Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-1679 (EASM109)

30 credits

Bodies Politic uses the central metaphor of the body to trace cultural conflicts through the literature of the most turbulent period of English history. The module reads a range of plays, poems, and prose works within their contexts. You will explore how the body metaphor constructs ideas of government, nationhood, and community in this period, by drawing on concepts of gender, sexuality, race, medicine, science, and religion.