As Cole illustrates, human health and demographic problemsÃ¢ÂÂnotably those of feeding populations periodically stricken by hunger, disease, and famineÃ¢ÂÂwere tied to larger questions about food supplies, property laws, national identity, and the theological imperatives that underwrote humankindÃ¢ÂÂs claim to dominion over the animal kingdom. In this context, ColeÃ¢ÂÂs study indicates, so-called Ã¢ÂÂverminÃ¢ÂÂ occupied liminal spaces between subject and object, nature and animal, animal and the devil, the devil and diseaseÃ¢ÂÂeven reason and madness. This verminous discourse formed a foundational category used to carve out humankindÃ¢ÂÂs relationship to an unpredictable, irrational natural world, but it evolved into a form for thinking about not merely animals but anything that threatened the health of the body politicÃ¢ÂÂhumans, animals, and even thoughts.
About: Lucinda ColeâsÂ Imperfect CreaturesÂ offers the first full-length study of the shifting, unstable, but foundational status of âverminâ as creatures and category in the early modern literary, scientific, and political imagination.
About: Lucinda Coleâs Imperfect Creatures offers the first full-length study of the shifting, unstable, but foundational status of âverminâ as creatures and category in the early modern literary, scientific, and political imagination.
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