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Cynthia Klestinec, "The Body in Renaissance Medicine"

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Cynthia Klestinec, "The Body in Renaissance Medicine"
January 22, 2018 12:00 pm
January 22, 2018 1:00 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Sproul 912

This presentation focuses on surgical reconstructions of the body in Renaissance Italy. In particular, it documents attempts by surgeons to theorize their technical skills. In those attempts, we find that the technical skills of the surgeon were not offered as handmaidens to nature, helping to strengthen or boost the body’s resources like our vitamins are supposed to do. Instead, the technical skills of the surgeon are opposed to nature; they are pitted against nature. This agonistic struggle to overcome to the nature of the body emerged, in this period, as the primary discourse for remaking the body.

Cynthia Klestinec is author of Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). Her current research examines the shift in the late Renaissance to a conception of the body as solid, with structures, surfaces and boundaries that could be manipulated by practitioners.

Sponsored by The Davis Humanities Institute and the Dept of French & Italian.

For more information please contact: Claire Goldstein, cbgoldstein@ucdavis.edu

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