The Disordered Body: Epidemic Disease and Cultural Transformation

The Disordered Body: Epidemic Disease and Cultural Transformation

by Suzanne E. Hatty, James Hatty
     
 

A fascinating look at how three epidemics of the medieval and Early Renaissance period in Western Europe shaped and altered conceptions of the human body in ways that continue today.

The Disordered Body presents a fascinating look at how three epidemics of the medieval and Early Renaissance period in Western Europe shaped and altered conceptions of the human

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A fascinating look at how three epidemics of the medieval and Early Renaissance period in Western Europe shaped and altered conceptions of the human body in ways that continue today.

The Disordered Body presents a fascinating look at how three epidemics of the medieval and Early Renaissance period in Western Europe shaped and altered conceptions of the human body in ways that continue today. Authors Suzanne E. Hatty and James Hatty show the ways in which concepts of the disordered body relate to constructions of disease. In so doing, they establish a historical link between the discourses of the disordered body and the constructs of gender. The ideas of embodiment, contagion and social space are placed in historical context, and the authors argue that our current anxieties about bodies and places have important historical precedents. They show how the cultural practices of embodied social interaction have been shaped by disease, especially epidemics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791443668
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in Medical Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Body: Constructs and Constraints

Chapter 1. Imaging the Body

Chapter 2. Banishing the "Unclean" Body

Part II. Apocalyptic Angst

Chapter 3. Florence: A "City of the Wicked"

Chapter 4. Disordered Bodies in Abundance

Chapter 5. Castigating the Flesh

Chapter 6. Regulating the Bodies of Citizens

Chapter 7. The Diseased Body Confronts Medicine

Part III. Fin-de-siècle Forebodings

Chapter 8. The Danger of Touch: The Body and Social Distance

Chapter 9. Corporeal Catastrophe: Bodies "Crash" and Disappear

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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