Marvelous Hairy Girls The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds

ISBN-10: 0300127332

ISBN-13: 9780300127331

Edition: 2009

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Description: This book tells the extraordinary story of three sixteenth-century sisters who, along with their father and brothers, were afflicted with an extremely rare genetic condition that made them unusually hairy. Amazingly, the Gonzales sisters were not mocked or shunned, but were welcomed in the courts of Europe, spending much of their lives among nobles, musicians, and artists. Their double identity as humans and beasts made them intriguing, and the girls and their father were the subjects not only of medical investigations but also of a considerable number of portraits, some of which still hang in European castles today. Using the Gonzales family as a lens, historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks examines their varied and wondrous times. The story of this family connects with every important change of their erapolitical and religious violence, colonial conquest, new forms of scholarship and scienceand also provides insights into the complex relationships between beastliness, monstrosity, and gender in early modern life.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 250
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

#60;b#62;Merry Wiesner-Hanks#60;/b#62; is a Distinguished Professor of History and the Interim Director of the Center for 21#60;sup#62;st#60;/sup#62; Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the co-editor of the #60;i#62;Sixteenth Century Journal#60;/i#62; and the author or editor of twenty books and numerous articles that have appeared in English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. Her books include #60;i#62;The#60;/i#62; #60;i#62;Marvelous Hairy Girls#60;/i#62; (2009), #60;i#62;Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe#60;/i#62; (2008) and, with Teresa Meade, #60;i#62;A Companion to Gender History#60;/i#62; (Blackwell, 2004).

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