A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine

A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine

By: Andy Brown (editor), Corinna Wagner (editor)Paperback

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A Body of Work includes poems by writers from the dawn of Enlightenment to the 21st Century and explores changing attitudes to medicine, health and the body. The book is divided into eight thematic sections, each of which includes a chronological range of poetry and excerpts of important historical and contextual medical writing. The sections are: Body as machine Nerves, mind, and brain Consuming Illness, disease, and disability Treatment Hospitals, practitioners, and professionals Sex, evolution, and reproduction Ageing and dying Includes work by such poets as: Dannie Abse, Maya Angelou, Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, John Burnside, Raymond Carver, Lucille Clifton, S. T. Coleridge, Erasmus Darwin, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Mark Doty, T.S. Eliot, Paul Farley, Ann Finch, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ted Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Paul Muldoon, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, Rainer Maria Rilke, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, John Addington Symonds, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams.

About Author

Corinna Wagner is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Exeter, UK. She publishes on the history of medicine and visual culture, and is author of Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Political Culture (2013) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism (2016). Andy Brown is Senior Lecturer and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, UK. A widely published poet, novelist and critic, his books of poetry include Exurbia (2014), The Fool and the Physician (2012) and Goose Music (with John Burnside, 2008). His first novel is Apples & Prayers (2015).


Introduction 1. The Material Body: The Body as Machine 2. Mind and Body: Nerves, Nervous Disorders and Psychology 3. Consuming: Food, Drugs and Alcohol 4. Contagion and Disease 5. The Profession: Doctors, Hospitals and the Experience of Medicine 6. Treatments and Cures 7. The Body in Pleasure; The Body in Pain 8. Evolution, Genetics and Reproduction 9. Age and Ageing, Death and Dying Suggested Reading and Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781472513298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 560
  • ID: 9781472513298
  • weight: 808
  • ISBN10: 1472513290

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