Plain Ugly

    Plain Ugly

    The Unattractive Body in Early Modern Culture

    Naomi Baker

    Manchester University Press 2010

    Hardback 270pp Illustrated

    9780719068744   Product Code: 20759

    How did early modern literary and visual texts depict physically ugly characters? Was ugliness 'in the eye of the beholder'? Baker analyses often quirky material, from high and low culture, which offers insights into the power dynamics behind representations of ugliness and deformity. She considers such subjects as female self-mutilation, Richard III and the mark of Cain, demonstrating that men, unlike women, might be freed from the model of the self in which the face was the window of the soul.

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