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The Variable Body in History


Edited By Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth

The essays in this book explore the different ways the body has been experienced and interpreted in history, from the medieval to the modern period. Challenging the negative perceptions that the term ‘disability’ suggests, the essays together present a mosaic of literary representations of bodies and accounts of real lives lived in their particularity and peculiarity. The book does not attempt to be exhaustive, but rather it celebrates the fact that it is not. By presenting a group of individual cases from different periods in history, the collection demonstrates that any overarching way of describing bodies, or unifying description of the experience of the myriad ways of being in a body, is reductive and unhelpful. The variability of each body in its context is our subject.
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KEVIN BERLAND is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He has a special interest in the recovery and reinvention of classical tradition in the eighteenth century. He has published on the uses of philosophical history (especially involving Socrates), John Dryden, Henry Fielding, Frances Brooke, the history of physiognomy, newspaper poetry, the Virginia planter William Byrd and a variety of other topics. He is currently working on a book dealing with covert fictionalizing in the midst of eyewitness reports of colonial travel, as well as another on the methodology of physiognomy from classical times to the nineteenth century.

EMILE BOJESEN is Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester, where he runs the MA in Philosophy of Education and sits on the university Senate. He is also co-convenor of the Centre for Philosophy of Education and branch chair of the South Coast branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. His current research is on the history of educational theory and philosophy in Elizabethan England. He has published articles in journals such as Educational Philosophy and Theory, Ethics and Education, Philosophy Today, Studies in Philosophy and Education and the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies. He has several articles and book chapters forthcoming in 2016, including Against Value in the Arts and Education, which he has co-edited. He sits on the editorial boards of Studies in Philosophy and Education and Policy Futures in Education. He is currently co-editing a special issue...

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