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Title: Medicine, religion and the passions in early modern poetry and prose
Author: Malone, Jonathan
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 1868
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis investigates the use of medical terminology in the expression of religious selfhood in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Concentrating on the period between 1590 and 1640, I examine how the diffusion of medical learning and its key vocabularies into wider cultural contexts offered writers new ways in which to interpret the body’s functions in relation to religious doctrine. Focusing on the physiology of the humoral system and the physical and religious ‘passions’, I explore how an increased use of medical terminology can support or problematize the individual’s relationship with their own body and the religious doctrine to which they adhere. Through extensive use of primary medical and religious texts, I show that knowledge of medical terminology is employed with greater specificity than has previously been considered, evidencing a lively correspondence of ideas for writers working towards a systematic understanding of the religious significance of the body.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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