1st Edition

Bodies of Information Reading the VariAble Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop

Edited By Chris Mounsey, Stan Booth Copyright 2020
    242 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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?

    Introduction: Bodies of Information

    Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth

    Part I: The Unknown Body

    1. Dis/ability in Roman Dorset: An Integrated Osteobiography Approach

    Stephanie Evelyn-Wright

    2. The Imagined Emaciated Body in Late-Medieval English Memorial Sculpture

    Christina Welch

    3. Hideous and Mutilated: The Wedded Body in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales

    Marianne Legault

    4: Prosthetic Pomp: The Significance of Samuel Foote’s Amputation to His Performance in The Nabob

    Jessi Parrott

    Part II: The General Body

    5. Violence and the Marked Body: (In)Visible Trauma in London During the Long Eighteenth Century

    Madeleine Mant

    6. Teacher of Right: Rousseau at the Limits of the State

    Emile Bojesen

    7. A "Profession" of Apology: Criminal Doctors or Medical Negligence and the Fuzzy Boundaries of Justice

    Stan Booth

    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

    Miriam Wallace

    10. The Infinite Variety of La Casati

    Will Visconti

    11. "The Vagabond Venus": Cesare Lombroso Colonizes Tattoos

    Sean Bride

    12. A Question of Objectivity?: Reading Nicki Minaj’s VariAble Body

    Chris Mounsey


    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.