Alina Lange – ‘Making Sense: Deformity in Seventeenth-Century Texts’

Alina Lange – ‘Making Sense: Deformity in Seventeenth-Century Texts’

In her PhD project Alina Lange explores early modern perceptions of the ‘deformed’ body. She studies seventeenth-century plays, poems, and prose texts and reads them alongside medical textbooks, religious pamphlets, and philosophical treatises to tease out the volatile meanings of ‘deformity’. Highlighting the unreliability of sight, she argues that, for early moderns, ‘making sense’ of deformity required the use of all senses. She reads deformity as multi-sensorial experience and asks what types of knowledge can be gained when we think of deformity as more than just a visual phenomenon.

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