A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Empire (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Empire (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Michael Sappol (editor), Stephen P. Rice (editor)Paperback

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The "long nineteenth century" was an age of empire and empire builders, of state formation and expansion, and of colonial and imperial wars and conquest throughout most of the world. It was also an age that saw enormous changes in how people gave meaning to and made sense of the human body. Spanning the period from 1800 to 1920, this volume takes up a host of topics in the cultural history of the human body, including the rise of modern medicine and debates about vaccination, the representation of sexual perversity, developments in medical technology and new conceptions of bodily perfection. A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Empire presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race, class and disease, cultural representations and popular beliefs, and self and society.

About Author

Michael Sappol is a historian in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine in Washington, DC, USA and author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America. Stephen P. Rice is Professor of American Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA and author of Minding the Machine: Languages of Class in Early Industrial America.


Illustrations Series Preface Introduction: Empires in Bodies; Bodies in Empires Michael Sappol, National Library of Medicine, USA 1 Birth and Death under the Sign of Thomas Malthus Thomas Laqueur, University of California, USA and Lisa Cody, Claremont McKenna College, USA 2 Medical Perspectives on Health and Disease Michael Worboys, University of Manchester, UK 3 Othering Sexual Perversity: England, Empire, Race, and Sexual Science Richard C. Sha, American University, USA 4 Medical Science, Technology, and the Body Chandak Sengoopta, University of London, UK 5 Popular Beliefs and the Body: "A Nation of Good Animals" Pamela K. Gilbert, University of Florida, USA 6 The Normal, the Ideal, and the Beautiful: Perfect Bodies during the Age of Empire Michael Hau, Monash University, Australia 7 Empire, Boundaries, and Bodies: Colonial Tattooing Practices Clare Anderson, University of Warwick, UK 8 Smallpox, Vaccination, and the Marked Body Nadja Durbach, University of Utah, USA 9 Picturing Bodies in the Nineteenth Century Stephen P. Rice, Ramapo College, USA 10 From Mimetic Machines to Digital Organisms: The Transformation of the Human Motor Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University, USA Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781472554666
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781472554666
  • weight: 730
  • ISBN10: 1472554663

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