Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses

Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses

by William A. Cohen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816650136

ISBN-13: 9780816650132

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780816650132
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Harvard Design Magazine Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Subject: Embodiment and the Senses 1

2 Self: Material Interiority in Dickens and Bronte 27

3 Skin: Surface and Sensation in Trollope's "The Banks of the Jordan" 65

4 Senses: Face and Feeling in Hardy's The Return of the Native 86

5 Soul: Inside Hopkins 108

Conclusion 131

Notes 137

Index 175

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