Bodies of Information initiates the Routledge Advances in the History of Bioethics series by encompassing interdisciplinary Bioethical discussions on a wide range of descriptions of bodies in relation to their contexts from varying perspectives: including literary analysis, sociology, criminology, anthropology, osteology and cultural studies, to read a variety of types of artefacts, from the Romano-British period to Hip Hop. Van Rensselaer Potter coined the phrase Global Bioethics to define human relationships with their contexts. This and subsequent volumes return to Potter’s founding vision from historical perspectives, and asks, how did we get here from then?
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bodies of Information
Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth
Part I: The Unknown Body
1. Dis/ability in Roman Dorset: An Integrated Osteobiography Approach
2. The Imagined Emaciated Body in Late-Medieval English Memorial Sculpture
3. Hideous and Mutilated: The Wedded Body in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales
4: Prosthetic Pomp: The Significance of Samuel Foote’s Amputation to His Performance in The Nabob
Part II: The General Body
5. Violence and the Marked Body: (In)Visible Trauma in London During the Long Eighteenth Century
6. Teacher of Right: Rousseau at the Limits of the State
7. A "Profession" of Apology: Criminal Doctors or Medical Negligence and the Fuzzy Boundaries of Justice
8. Precarious Health: Thomas Beddoes’s Pneumatic Therapy
Travis Chi Wing Lau
Part III: The Particular Body
9. The Spector of the Singular Body in Frankenstein: Difference and Reparation
10. The Infinite Variety of La Casati
11. "The Vagabond Venus": Cesare Lombroso Colonizes Tattoos
12. A Question of Objectivity?: Reading Nicki Minaj’s VariAble Body
Chris Mounsey is Professor of eighteenth-century cultural studies at the University of Winchester.
Stan Booth is an associate lecturer at the University of Winchester.