1st Edition

Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination

Edited By Jana Byars, Hans Peter Broedel Copyright 2018
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection explores the axis where monstrosity and borderlands meet to reflect the tensions, apprehensions, and excitement over the radical changes of the early modern era. The book investigates the monstrous as it acts in liminal spaces in the Renaissance and the era of Enlightenment. Zones of interaction include chronological change – from the early New World encounters through the seventeenth century – and cultural and scientific changes, in the margins between national boundaries, and also cultural and intellectual boundaries.

    Introduction  Hans Peter Broedel and Jana Byars  1. Creating Monstrosity in Colonial Spanish America  Robert C. Schwaller  2. The Mermaid of Edam Meets Medical Science: Empiricism and the Marvelous in Seventeenth-Century Zoological Thought  Hans Peter Broedel  3. Bleeding Bodies and Bondage: Signifiers of Illegitimacy in Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Magi and Andrea della Robbia’s Tondi at the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence  Elizabeth A. Lisot-Nelson  4. "In questa guerra tutti ne è stà turchi": The Turk as Ultimate Enemy in Sixteenth-Century Italy  Linda L. Carroll  5. Alpine Cannibals: French Renaissance Representations of the Alps and Their Residents  Richard Keatley  6. Imagining the Amazon: Monstrous Discourses about Gynocracy in Elizabethan England  Jessica Oxendine  7. Columbus’s Monsters: One-Eyed Men, Dog-Headed Men, Cannibals, and Amazons in the Accounts of the First Two Columbian Voyages  Elena Daniele  8. Monsters and Men in the Wild New World: A Study of the Monstrous in Girolamo Benzoni’s Historia del Mondo Nuovo  Jana Byars  9. "A True Narrative of the Grievous Affliction of Roger Sterrop in Somer Islands": Demonic Possession and the Puritan Project in Early Seventeenth-Century Bermuda  Judith Bonzol  10. Montaigne’s Mercurial Masculinity  Kathleen Long  11. Bigfoot Meets the Wild Man: Monstrous Borders Between Contemporary American and Early Modern European Culture  Amanda Boyd


    Jana Byars is an independent scholar based in Amsterdam.

    Hans Peter Broedel is an Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota.