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Imagining Monsters: Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth-Century England
by Dennis Todd
In 1726, an illiterate woman from Surrey named Mary Toft announced that she had given birth to seventeen rabbits. Deceiving respected physicians and citizens alike, she created a hoax that held England spellbound for months. In Imagining Monsters, Dennis Todd tells the story of this bizarre incident and shows how it illuminates eighteenth-century beliefs about the power of ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published November 15th 1995 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published November 1st 1995)
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A bizarre yet informational analysis of the creation of monsters. Why do people create monsters and why do people so readily accept the idea of an inhuman explanation for their problems? To deliver its point, Todd describes the story of Mary Toft, a woman who conned England into believing she could give birth to rabbits. The entire story goes to so many ridiculous levels, its hard to believe more historians haven't kept track of the events. Todd's telling of the Toft story makes use of ...more