Bodies of Information: Reading the VariAble Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bodies of Information

Reading the VariAble Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Mounsey, Stan Booth


264 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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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 Renslaer 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

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in the History of Bioethics

Routledge Advances in the History of Bioethics aims to act as a nexus for debates typically in collections of diverse but explicitly interrelated essays about the histories and literatures of bioethical debates from a wide spectrum of disciplines, methodologies, periods and geographical contexts. This series champions conversations from within interdisciplinary collision spaces, considering the effects of physical and metaphysical environments upon factual and fictional spaces.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the Series Editors, Chris Mounsey (, Stan Booth (, and Madeleine Mant (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General