A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Modern Age

Overview

The human body was revolutionised in the 20th Century. Developments in politics, sexuality, technology, and culture all acted to reshape our understanding of our bodies. The human body in the 21st Century is less fixed than ever before with some theorists now even anticipating the post-human body. Diverse factors have impacted on both the real and the imagined body, including war, contraception, medicine, feminism, gay aesthetics, the rise of celebrity culture, totalitarian political regimes, fashion, AIDS, ...

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Overview

The human body was revolutionised in the 20th Century. Developments in politics, sexuality, technology, and culture all acted to reshape our understanding of our bodies. The human body in the 21st Century is less fixed than ever before with some theorists now even anticipating the post-human body. Diverse factors have impacted on both the real and the imagined body, including war, contraception, medicine, feminism, gay aesthetics, the rise of celebrity culture, totalitarian political regimes, fashion, AIDS, communication technologies and cosmetic surgery.

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Modern Age presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race, class and disease, cultural representations and popular beliefs, and self and society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472554673
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/13/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Crozier is Senior Lecturer in Science Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK and co-editor of Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Series Preface

Introduction: Bodies in History - The Task of the Historian

Ivan Crozier, University of Edinburgh, UK

1 Death and Birth

Malcolm Nicolson, University of Glasgow, UK

2 Performing the Western Sexual Body after 1920

Ivan Crozier, University of Edinburgh, UK

3 The Technological Fix and the Modern Body: Surgery as a Paradigmatic Case

Thomas Schlich, McGill University, Canada

4 Diseased Bodies in the Modern World

Anna Crozier, University of Exeter, UK

5 Popular Beliefs

Dan O'Connor, Johns Hopkins University, USA

6 Beauty and Concepts of the Ideal

Christopher E. Forth, University of Kansas, USA

7 Re-markable Bodies

Anna Cole, University of London, UK and Anna Haebich, Griffith University, Australia

8 Body Marks, Bestial/Divine/Natural: An Essay into the Social and Biotechnological Imaginaries, 1920-2005 and Bodies to Come

Michael M. J. Fischer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

9 Dissolution, Reconstruction, and Reaction in Visual Art, 1920 to the Present

Ana Carden-Coyne, University of Manchester, UK

10 The History of the Body: Self and Society, 1920-2000

D. M. Vyleta, Independent scholar, USA

Notes

Bibliography

Contributors

Index

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