Body Parts: Critical Explorations in Corporeality

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Christopher E. Forth, Ivan Crozier
Lexington Books, 2005 - History - 273 pages
In many forms of discourse, specific parts of the human anatomy may signify, or act as a substitute for, the whole body/person: the presence of a large gut may render a man effeminate or represent someone who has lost control of his appetites; visible muscles indicate strength of body, but also constitution or will; a hard penis indicates a male body in a state of perfection. In this volume, scholars from a variety of historical and cultural studies disciplines examine scientific, medical, popular, and literary texts, paying special attention to the different strategies employed in order to establish authority over the body through the management of a single part. By considering body parts that are usually ignored by scholars - the skin, blood, the pelvis, the hair - the essays in this volume render the idea of a single, coherent body untenable by demonstrating that the body is not a transhistorical entity, but rather, deeply fragmented and fundamentally situated in a number of different contexts.

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Blood Will Tell The Vascular System and Criminal Dangerousness
Bums in the Time of Cholera Sex Sodomy and Representations of the Fundament
All the Appearances Were Perfectly Natural The Anus of the Sodomite in NineteenthCentury Medical Discourse
The Primitive Pelvis The Role of Racial Folklore in Obstetrics and Gynecology During the Twentieth Century
Hairy Heine or the Braiding of Gender and Ethnic Difference
The Tears of Lacteros Integrating the Meanings of the Human Breast
Enlightened Hands Managing Dexterity in British Medicine and Manufactures 176018001
Phallic Performance Phalloplasty and the Techniques of Sex
Guts and Manhood The Culture of the Abdomen in Modern France
From Pieces to Whole The Sexualization of Muscles in Postwar Bodybuilding
Working Out the Bodys Boundaries Physiological Aesthetic and Psychic Dimensions of the Skin in German Nudism 18901930
I Will Kill Myself If I Have to Keep My Fat Calves Legs and Cosmetic Surgery in Paris in 1926
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Page 3 - Contrary to modern canons, the grotesque body is not separated from the rest of the world. It is not a closed, completed unit; it is unfinished, outgrows itself, transgresses its own limits. The stress is laid on those parts of the body that are open to the outside world, that is, the parts through which the world enters the body or emerges from it, or through which the body itself goes out to meet the world.

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Christopher E. Forth is Reader in History at Australian National University.Ivan Crozier lectures in Sociology of Science at the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

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