Virtual Reading Group: Katherine Dauge-Roth

We are excited to welcome Katherine Dauge-Roth of Bowdoin College for a virtual reading group, discussing her new book Signing the Body: Marks on Skin in Early Modern France. If you would like to join, sign up on Eventbrite here, or email

Signing the Body  is the first scholarly monograph to address the rich history of the marked body in the early modern period. Drawing together a wide range of sources, it investigates tattooing, marking and other signs on skin in  areas as diverse as demonology, jurisprudence, mysticism, medicine, pilgrimage, commerce, travel, and colonial conquest. In our virtual reading group, we will be focusing in particular on pilgrim tattoos. We will circulate the relevant chapters in advance.