Read online or download a free book: Medical Analogy In Latin Satire
Publisher: AIAA: 2009 edition (1 Oct. 2009)
By: Sari Kivist (Author)
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Medical Analogy in Latin Satire provides an introduction to medical issues and images used in the tradition of Latin satire. The central concern of the book is what functions physical diseases and peculiarities had in early modern satires. It also explores how late fifteenth- to early seventeenth-century poetics considered satire as a form of healing instruction and defined the satirist's duty to cure suffering and disturbed souls. The book offers fresh readings of numerous Neo-Latin texts, including praises of blindness, deafness, ugly faces and the itch, and it examines the moral and playfully philosophical significance of lethargy, fever, gout, extreme thinness and other diseases. The study invites us to rethink how generic conventions shaped the representations of disease, assessing the role of the satirist and the curative effects of satire on readers. By arguing that diseases improved individual morality, early modern satires opened up new, albeit playful, possibilities for approaching the good life.
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