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

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

By: Carole Reeves (editor)Paperback

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The Enlightenment, 1650-1800 was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals. Of course, slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured, daughters "belonged" to fathers and brothers, wives to husbands, and paupers were tethered to their parish. But change was in the air as increased population, migration and urbanization began to reshape both national and personal identity. The birth of modern society in the Enlightenment demanded a rethinking of the human body in all its forms, from conception to death and beyond. The history of midwives, medics, colonialists, cross-dressers, corpses, vampires, witches, beggars, beauties, body snatchers, incest and immaculate conceptions - all reveal how the body changed in this age of turbulence and transition. A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment 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.

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Carole Reeves is Outreach Historian at The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK. She is co-author of Medical Book Illustration:A Short History.


Illustrations Series Preface Introduction: Enlightenment Bodies Carole Reeves, University College London, UK 1 The Body in Birth and Death Lisa Forman Cody, Claremont McKenna College, USA 2 Pliable Bodies: The Moral Biology of Health and Disease Kevin Siena, Trent University, Canada 3 Sexual Knowledge: Panspermist Jokes, Reproductive Technologies, and Virgin Births George Rousseau, Oxford University, UK 4 Medical Knowledge: The Adventures of Mr. Machine, with Morals Jessica Riskin, Stanford University, USA 5 Popular Beliefs about the Dead Body Ruth Richardson, University of Herfordshire, UK 6 The Body Beautiful David M. Turner, Swansea University, UK 7 Marked Bodies and Social Meanings Laura Gowing, King's College London, UK 8 The Puzzle of the Pox-Marked Body Susan Staves, Brandeis University, USA 9 Cultural Representations: Rogue Literature and the Reality of the Begging Body Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire, UK 10 Self and Society: Attitudes toward Incest in Popular Ballads Ruth Perry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Notes Bibliography Contributors Index

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  • publication date: 16/01/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472554659
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781472554659
  • weight: 621
  • ISBN10: 1472554655

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