Anatomies of Rapture: Clitoral Politics/Medical Blazons

  title={Anatomies of Rapture: Clitoral Politics/Medical Blazons},
  author={Elizabeth D. Harvey},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={315 - 346}
he tropes of exploration and colonization that undergird Federico Andahazi's 1998 historical novel, The Anatomist, are generated by an apparently accidental similarity of surname: while Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, Renaldus Columbus named and described the clitoris ("amor Veneris, vel dulcedo appelletur": "it should be called the love or sweetness of Venus") in his 1559 De re anatomica. At the inception of the novel, which is set in sixteenth-century Italy and recounts the… 
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