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Gendered ideologies: cultural and social contexts for illustrated medical manuals in Renaissance England

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2 Author(s)
Brasseur, L.E. ; Dept. of English, Illinois State Univ., Normal, IL, USA ; Thompson, T.L.

Considers the social and political ideologies that affected the design of illustrations of the female body in English Renaissance medical manuals. Through a semiotic analysis, we examine medical illustrations explicitly tied to female bodies-anatomical illustrations of female genitalia, a clitorectomy and a hymenectomy-to show that the ways in which a body or surgical procedure was visually represented served to create the “other”. We learn, by extension, how social and political ideologies affect the decision-making of modern-day technical communicators

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 4 )