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The Body And The Arts

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The Body and the Arts focuses on the dynamic relation between the body and the arts: the body as inspiration, subject, symbol and medium. Contributors from a variety of disciplines explore this relation across a range of periods and art forms, spanning medicine, literature from the classical period to the present, and visual and performing arts.

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Overview

The Body and the Arts focuses on the dynamic relation between the body and the arts: the body as inspiration, subject, symbol and medium. Contributors from a variety of disciplines explore this relation across a range of periods and art forms, spanning medicine, literature from the classical period to the present, and visual and performing arts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230552043
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CORINNE SAUNDERS is Professor of English Literature in the University of Durham, UK. She specializes in medieval literature and the history of ideas. Her publications include The Forest of Medieval Romance: Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England, two edited books on Chaucer, and A Companion to Romance. She has recently completed a new monograph, Magic in Medieval English Romance.

ULRIKA MAUDE is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Durham, UK. She is the author of Beckett, Technology and the Body and co-editor of Beckett and Phenomenology.

JANE MACNAUGHTON is Director of the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine and Senior Lecturer in medical education at Durham University, UK. She is also a GP who currently works in gynaecology. Her main research interest is in medical humanities, especially literature and medicine, and she has published in this as well as in philosophy and medicine. Her books include Clinical Judgement: Evidence in Practice (with Robin Downie) and an edited volume (with Corinne Saunders), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture.

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction—C.Saunders, U.Maude and J.Macnaughton
PART I: THINKING THE BODY
Polyclitus among the Philosophers: Canons of Classical Beauty—G.Boys-Stones
Body as Graced or Vile: Tensions in the Christian Vision—D.Brown
The Smoke of the Soul: Anatomy, Medical Spirits and the Rete Mirabile: 1538-1643—R.Sugg
The Fizziness Business—S.Connor
Flesh Revealed: Medicine, Art and Anatomy—J.Macnaughton
PART II: WRITING THE BODY
The Affective Body: Love, Virtue and Vision in English Medieval Literature—C.Saunders
Victorian Literature and Bringing the Body Back from the Dead—F.OGorman
Modernist Bodies: Coming to Our Senses; U.Maude
Writing the Body: Modernism and Postmodernism; P.Waugh
Detective Fiction and the Body; P.D.James (in conversation with C.Saunders)
PART III: VIEWING THE BODY
Pygmalion, Painted Flesh, and the Female Body—M.Postle
Satyrs, Harpies, Jellyfish, and Mutants: Ovidian Metamorphosis in Contemporary Art—M.Warner
Body, Space, Time—A.Gormley
Une criture corporelle: The Dancer in the Text of Mallarm and Yeats—S.Jones
The Erotic and the Sacred Body in Opera: the Venusberg to Monsalvat and beyond; D.Fuller
Celluloid Formaldehyde? The Body on Film—J.Buchanan
Index

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