Disgust in early modern English literature



Disgust in early modern English literature

edited by Natalie K. Eschenbaum and Barbara Correll

Routledge, 2016

  • : hbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index


  • Dirty jokes: disgust, desire, and the pornographic narrative in Thomas Nashe's The unfortunate traveller / Emily King
  • Guyon's Blush: shame, disgust, and desire in The Faerie Queene, book 2 / Barbara Correll
  • Desiring disgust in Robert Herrick's Epigrams / Natalie K. Eschenbaum
  • Discerning (Dis)taste: delineating sexual mores in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis / Marcela Kostihová
  • Indecorous customs, rhetorical decorum, and the reception of Herodotean ethnography from Henri Estienne to Edmund Spenser / Galena Hashhozheva
  • Food, filth, and the foreign: disgust in the seventeenth-century travelogue / Gitanjali Shahani
  • "Qualmish at the smell of leek": overcoming disgust and creating the nation-state in Henry V / Colleen E. Kennedy
  • The "Fairing of good counsel": allegory, disgust, and discretion in Jonson's Bartholomew Fair / Ineke Murakami
  • Jonson's old age: the force of disgust / Laura Kolb
  • "Rankly digested, doth those things out-spue": John Donne, bodily fluids, and the metaphysical abject / Dan Mills



What is the role of disgust or revulsion in early modern English literature? How did early modern English subjects experience revulsion and how did writers represent it in poetry, plays, and prose? What does it mean when literature instructs, delights, and disgusts? This collection of essays looks at the treatment of disgust in texts by Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Herrick, and others to demonstrate how disgust, perhaps more than other affects, gives us a more complex understanding of early modern culture. Dealing with descriptions of coagulated eye drainage, stinky leeks, and blood-filled fleas, among other sensational things, the essays focus on three kinds of disgusting encounters: sexual, cultural, and textual. Early modern English writers used disgust to explore sexual mores, describe encounters with foreign cultures, and manipulate their readers' responses. The essays in this collection show how writers deployed disgust to draw, and sometimes to upset, the boundaries that had previously defined acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, people, and literatures. Together they present the compelling argument that a critical understanding of early modern cultural perspectives requires careful attention to disgust.


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