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Mara Amster publishes chapter on Renaissance bodies and sexuality



Mara Amster, associate professor of English, has published a chapter in A Cultural History of Women in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2013). The book is part of a six-volume series exploring the changing cultural constructions of women from antiquity to the modern age.

Amsterís chapter, "Bodies and Sexuality," considers how manís desire to decipher the female body ó to read her sexual status through outer and inner signs ó leads to contradictory representations that complicate, rather than comfort, those who are doing the writing and reading.