The Language of the Heart, 1600-1750, Hardback Book

The Language of the Heart, 1600-1750 Hardback

Part of the New Cultural Studies series


In The Motion of the Heart and Blood (1653), William Harvey had set forth the scientific model of a phallic, generative organ pumping blood through a feminized body; in Paradise Lost, it is through the protracted rape and violation of Eve's heart that the Fall of Man occurs; nearly a century later Samuel Richardson's Clarissa would present a no less forceful but far more feminist and heroic narrative of the heart's power.

Examining these other-and mostly English-literary, medical, religious, and philosophical texts, Erickson uncovers two ruling clusters of metaphors: one associating the heart with language, writing, and thought, the other with sex, passion, and gender.

Charting the tension between the two, he offers a brilliant new reading of one of the central symbols in Western culture.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • ISBN: 9780812233940



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