The Body in Early Modern England: Sources (HIH3132)
|Staff||Dr Sarah Toulalan - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at level 1 and/or level 2|
|Co-requisites||HIH3133 ' The Body in Early Modern England: Context|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
To provide a detailed study of the sources available in English for a history of the body in early modern England.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Analyse closely the main sources readily available in English (both originally in English and translations of continental texts) for a study of the body in early modern England, both as stand-alone texts or images and in comparison with each other.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 2. Analyse the source material and to assess its value as historical evidence in the wider context of the histories of sexuality, medicine and scientific development.
- 3. Focus on and comprehend a wide range of texts and of varying complexity.
- 4. Understand and interpret the unfamiliar beliefs and practices of this historical period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Independently and autonomously study and also work within a group, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 6. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 7. Present complex arguments both orally and in writing.
The syllabus will include some, or all, of the following topics.
Anatomy. Sex and gender. Medicine, health and disease. Body functions. Life-stages from infancy to old age. Death and dissection. Clothing and nakedness. Conception, pregnancy and childbirth. Sex, sexuality and sexual regulation. Pornography and prostitution. Deformity, disability and ‘other’ bodies.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||Seminars (2hr x 22)|
|Guided independent study||256||Independent study|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Portfolio of 2 pieces of written work||70||2 assignments totalling 4,000 words||1-7||mark and written comments|
|Individual presentation||30||20-30 minutes||1-7||mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation.||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Anon., Aristoteles Master-piece, or The Secrets of Generation displayed in all the parts thereof (1684) Barrough, Phillip, The Methode of Phisicke (1583)
Cuffe, Henry, The Differences of the Ages of Mans Life (1607)
Crooke, Helkiah, Microcosmographia: Or, The Whole Body of Man (1615)
Lemnius, Levinus, The Secret Miracles of Nature: In Four Books (1658)
Riverius, Lazarus. The Practice of Physick, Etc. Trans. Nicholas Culpeper, Abdiah Cole and William Rowland (1655 )
Sharp, Jane, The Midwives Book: or the whole art of midwifry discover’d (1671)
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Early Modern English Books Online (EEBO)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
Old Bailey Online
Burney Collection of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Newspapers Online
English Broadside Ballad Archive - http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey - http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/
London Lives - http://londonlives.org/
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Clark, Anna, The History of Sexuality in Europe: a Sourcebook and Reader (New York: Routledge, 2010)
Davis, Lloyd (ed), Sexuality and gender in the English Renaissance: an annotated edition of contemporary documents (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998)
McCormick, Ian, Secret Sexualities: A Sourcebook of 17th and 18th century writing (London: Routledge, 1996)
Phillips, Kim M. and Barry Reay, Sexualities in History: A Reader (New York and London: Routledge, 2001)
Ragan, Bryant T., Jr. (eds), Homosexuality in Early Modern France: A Documentary Collection (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Printed collection of Roxburghe Ballads
Other material from module lecturer(s) as needed.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Body; bodies; sex; sexualities; gender; medicine; health; anatomy; pregnancy; childbirth; prostitution; pornography; deformity; disability.