This Companion offers the first systematic analysis of the representation of the body in literature. It historicizes embodiment by charting our evolving understanding of the body from the Middle Ages to the present day, and addresses such questions as sensory perception, technology, language and affect; maternal bodies, disability and the representation of ageing; eating and obesity, pain, death and dying; and racialized and posthuman bodies. This Companion also considers science and its construction of the body through disciplines such as obstetrics, sexology and neurology. Leading scholars in the field devote special attention to poetry, prose, drama and film, and chart a variety of theoretical understandings of the body.
About the Author
David Hillman is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Shakespeare's Entrails: Belief, Scepticism and the Interior of the Body and Marx and Freud. He is the co-editor of The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe and of The Book of Interruptions. He is currently working on a monograph, Greetings and Partings in Shakespeare and Early Modern England.
Ulrika Maude is a Senior Lecturer in Modernism and Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Bristol. She is the author of Beckett, Technology and the Body (Cambridge, 2009), and co-editor of The Body and the Arts and Beckett and Phenomenology. She has recently co-edited Beckett, Medicine and the Brain, a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities (2015). Maude is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Beckett Studies and has contributed to such journals as Modernism/Modernity and European Joyce Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Medieval somatics Bill Burgwinkle; 2. Disability Jonathan Hsy; 3. Staging early modern embodiment David Hillman; 4. Eating, obesity and literature Maud Ellmann; 5. The body and language Andrew Bennett; 6. The maternal body Clare Hanson; 7. Literary sexualities Heike Bauer; 8. The body, pain, and violence Peter Fifield; 9. The ageing body Elizabeth Barry; 10. Representing dead and dying bodies Sander Gilman; 11. The racialized body David Marriott; 12. Literature, technology and the senses Steven Connor; 13. Literature and neurology Ulrika Maude; 14. Psychoanalytic bodies Josh Cohen; 15. The body and affect Jean-Michael Rabaté; 16. Posthuman bodies Paul Sheehan.