Early Modern Anatomical Discourses in Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books

Zita Turi


My paper explores corporeality in Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books and draws comparisons with Shakespeare's The Tempest. I am particularly interested in how sixteenth-century anatomy books embody the search for (metaphysical) meaning hidden in the human body. I will discuss the rich matrix of meaning in these works, drawing on examples from Prospero’s Books with reference to Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica.


anatomy theatre, Vesalius, Prospero's Books, Peter Greenaway

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