The Unattractive Body in Early Modern Culture
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.