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  • Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies

    The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies is the official publication of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies and regularly publishes articles and reviews on the cultural history of the early modern period, broadly defined. It provides a venue for exchange between scholars in such diverse fields as sociology and anthropology; history, economics, and political science; philology and literary criticism; art history and iconology; and African, American, European, and Asian studies. By extending its boundaries in the direction of cultural theory, gender studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and postmodernism, JEMCS challenges the boundaries that separate such traditional scholarly disciplines while also bringing those disciplines into contact with each other.

    Click the Sample Articles link at the left to read the Introduction and lead article in the latest issue: Libertine Bodies or the Politics of Baroque Corporeality

    This special issue focuses on early modern libertinism in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. During this period, the culture of the libertine combined the critique of everything public and political with a visual regime that lavishly indulged in the sensuous experience of baroque theatricality. Within these seemingly conflicting interests, the physical body takes up a central role. As a result, the libertine body is at the heart of this special issue’s dual emphasis. The issue addresses and questions the culture of libertinism in terms of baroque performativity, investigating how libertine discourse produces the effects it names and shows. This issue also seeks to investigate the role and the place of the baroque body in all of its performative aspects, insisting on the intertwinement of the libertine modus vivendi and baroque theatricality.



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