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Cynthia Jennifer Klestinec
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA 30332-0001)
Science and Theater: The Early Modern Cultures of Anatomy

My project focuses on the rhetorical and theatrical underpinnings of Renaissance anatomy. Working closely with the archives in Padua and Venice, I argue that the shift from temporary to permanent anatomy theaters coincided with the development of theatrical yet philosophical demonstrations of anatomy. These demonstrations combined lectures on anatomy with musical performances; and they began to attract a range of spectators: students and professors as well as fish sellers, tailors, and shoemakers. Exploring this curious relationship between rhetoric, drama and science, my project addresses the academic study of anatomy as well as the literary and aesthetic conventions that shaped its popular reception.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 6/30/2005