Lecture: "Noble Wounds and the Surgeon King: Mediated Embodiments in Early Modern France" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Lecture: "Noble Wounds and the Surgeon King: Mediated Embodiments in Early Modern France"

January 29, 2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Chloé Hogg (French)

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program

To 21st-century readers, the hyper-detailed descriptions of wounds inflicted upon Louis XIV’s noble officers stick out like a sore thumb amidst the literary news, fashion updates, and court gossip of Jean Donneau de Visé’s 17th-century periodical, the Mercure galant. How can we understand this level of attention accorded to injured male bodies, which catalogues everything from musket wounds to fractured skulls to a sprained left finger? How did noble wounds challenge and contribute to the embodiment of absolutist power? And how did noble bodies—like the early modern news media—mediate connections between the Sun King and his reader-subjects?

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