Bodies/Machines

Bodies/Machines

by Iwan Rhys Morus
     
 

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For over three hundred years, the boundaries between bodies and machines – the natural and the artificial, the animate and the inanimate – have been passionately explored. These explorations, beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth and increasing during the nineteenth century, have been all but forgotten, lost beneath the commotion of the modern day world. This…  See more details below

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For over three hundred years, the boundaries between bodies and machines – the natural and the artificial, the animate and the inanimate – have been passionately explored. These explorations, beginning in the seventeenth and eighteenth and increasing during the nineteenth century, have been all but forgotten, lost beneath the commotion of the modern day world. This book retrieves these lost histories, giving voice to the hopes, dreams, and fears of philosophers, medical practitioners, engineers, craftsmen and artisans who have all been fascinated by the interface between bodies and machines.From reanimating dead bodies with electricity, which led to the introduction of the electric chair, through to the use of machines to render ‘hysterics' and the insane fit for reintroduction into society, this book conveys the dark truths behind our relationship with machines. Addressing the reality of Frankenstein, this collection sheds new light on the relationship between the body and the machine.

Author Biography: Iwan Rhys Morus is Lecturer / Wellcome Award Holder, Queen's University, Belfast.

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ISBN-13:
9781859736951
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Edited by Iwan Rhys Morus, Lecturer/Wellcome Award Holder, at the Queen's University, Belfast.

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