Body Parts

Body Parts : Critical Explorations in Corporeality

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In many forms of discourse, specific parts of the human anatomy may signify the whole body/person. In this volume, scholars from a variety of historical and cultural studies disciplines examine scientific, medical, popular, and literary texts, paying special attention to the different strategies employed in order to establish authority over the body through the management of a single part. By considering body parts that are usually ignored by scholars, these essays render the idea of a single, coherent body untenable by demonstrating that the body is not a transhistorical entity, but rather, deeply fragmented and fundamentally situated in a number of different contexts.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MDUnited States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739109332
  • 9780739109335

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Christopher E. Forth is Reader in History at Australian National University.Ivan Crozier lectures in Sociology of Science at the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

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This cosmopolitan collection starts from a simple premise: that our bodies are made up of many parts. By concentrating on the parts rather than simply the whole, the authors expose many fascinating nuances of medical, legal, gender and social history and materially advance the historiography of the body. It deserves a wide readership. -- W. F. Bynum, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine This book is an inspiring, open-mouth wonder. The intimate body-penis and pelvis, breast and bum-are dissected in delightful historical detail. A must-read for anyone curious about bodies. -- Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College This collection of essays takes the body apart in order to inquire into its every nook and cranny. The result is a visceral journey that charts our complex relationship to our own physicality. Fascinating and informative. -- D.M. Vyleta, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

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