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English ‘Treatises on Physiognomy’ c. 1500 - c. 1780

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Physiognomy is a ubiquitous subject of both pressing contemporary concern and genuine antiquarian early—modern interest. By examining the ways in which physiognomical treatises were read, this study reconstructs a way of looking at and listening to oneself, other people, nature and God, which I refer to throughout as the art of physiognomating. Known in manuscript form in England from at least the twelfth century onwards and probably long before, printed English ‘treatises on physiognomy’ ...

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Magdalen College (University of Oxford)
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Language:
English
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