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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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able-bodied 18, 29, 98, 219, 225

abnormal 66, 69

abuse 50, 78, 110, 124, 129

acceptance 101, 182, 189, 201, 205, 222, 262

Achilles 56–58, 62, 69

aesthetics 42, 148, 160, 215, 217, 253

age 25, 29, 31, 160, 166, 174–178, 182, 191, 233

Ajax 69, 70

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