Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses

Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses

by William A. Cohen
     
 

What does it mean to be human? British writers in the Victorian period found a surprising answer to this question. What is human, they discovered, is nothing more or less than the human body In literature of the period, as well as in scientific writing and journalism, the notion of an interior human essence came to be identified with the material existence of the body… See more details below

Overview

What does it mean to be human? British writers in the Victorian period found a surprising answer to this question. What is human, they discovered, is nothing more or less than the human body In literature of the period, as well as in scientific writing and journalism, the notion of an interior human essence came to be identified with the material existence of the body. The organs of sensory perception were understood as crucial routes of exchange between the interior and the external worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816650125
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Subject: Embodiment and the Senses

2 Self: Material Interiority in Dickens and Bronte

3 Skin: Surface and Sensation in Trollope's "The Banks of the Jordan"

4 Senses: Face and Feeling in Hardy's The Return of the Native

5 Soul: Inside Hopkins

Conclusion

Notes

Index

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