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The Body in History, Culture, and the Arts

1st Edition

Edited by Justyna Jajszczok, Aleksandra Musiał


180 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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The aim of this book is to explore the body in various historical contexts and to take it as a point of departure for broader historiographical projects. The chapters in the volume present the ways in which the body constitutes a valuable and productive object of historical analysis, especially as a lens through which to trace histories of social, political, and cultural phenomena and processes. More specifically, the authors use the body as a tool for critical re-examination of particular histories of human experience, and of societal and cultural practices, thus contributing to the burgeoning area of body history in terms of both specific case studies as well as historiography in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Past is Written on My Body": Bodies and History

Justyna Jajszczok and Aleksandra Musiał

Part I: The Liminal Body

1. Fortunio Liceti’s Strategic Use of Lusus Naturae in De Monstris (1634–1665) and the Self-Assured Semiology of Naturalized Early Modern Science

William Leeming

2. A Tlaxcalan Midwife’s Toolkit: The Body, Medicine, Childbirth, and Contact Zone in Early to Mid-Colonial New Spain

Jacqueline Susann Holler

3. Ecstasies, Stigmata, and Visions: Body and Sanctity in La Civiltà Cattolica in the Age of Positivism (1888–1890)

Carlo Bovolo

Part II: The Modern Body

4. Making the Body Productive/Making "the Body" Productive

Steffan Blayney

5. Corpulence, Modernity, and Transcendence in the Early Twentieth Century

Christopher E. Forth

Part III: The Visual Body

6. The Visual Politics of the Body in Germany Between the Two World Wars

Claude Lacroix

7. Representing AIDS: KS Lesions, US Visual Culture, and the Body as Canvas (1983–1993)

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart

Part IV: The Punished Body

8. The Criminal’s Hair: Forensic Practices (1600–1945)

Willemijn Ruberg

9. Citizen to Convict: The Consumption of the Body in the Age of Prisoner Reentry

CalvinJohn Smiley

Part V: The Entangled Body

10. Aesth/ethical Bodies: Bracha Ettinger’s Eurydices and the Encounter with the Other’s History

Anna Kisiel

11. The King’s Four Bodies: Kantorowicz, Schmitt, Henry, and Hal

David Schauffler

About the Editors

Justyna Jajszczok is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.

Aleksandra Musial is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Cultural History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography
HISTORY / Social History