Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century

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Veronica Kelly, Dorothea von Mücke
Stanford University Press, Sep 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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Twelve scholars from the fields of English, French, and German literature here examine the complex ways in which the human body becomes the privileged semiotic model through which eighteenth-century culture defines its political and conceptual centers. In making clear that the deployment of the body varies tremendously depending on what is meant by the 'human body', the essays draw on popular literature, poetics and aesthetics, garden architecture, physiognomy, beauty manuals, pornography and philosophy, as well as on canonical works in the genres of the novel and the drama.

 

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Contents

Body and Text in
1
The Limping Woman and the Public Sphere
23
Wits Breaks 4 5
45
Lockes Eyes Swifts Spectacles
68
The charmd eye
89
The Excesses
112
Coloring Faces
144
The Powers of Horror and the Magic
163
The Body as
229
Disfiguring the Victims Body
247
Mrs Robinson and the Masquerade
266
Notes
293
Index
343
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