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The Eighteenth-Century Body

Art, History, Literature, Medicine

Angelica Goodden

The papers collected in this volume are selected from the proceedings of a conference held at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in 2001. The eighteenth century – an age of empiricism – saw understanding the body as central to the science of man. In medicine, literature and the arts the theme of corporeality focused debates about «correct» human responses, expressing emotion, representing beauty and cultivating relationships. These papers set out to examine how the body came to the fore as communicative medium, hygienic complex and object of artistic as well as scientific investigation and literary presentation.
Contents: Angelica Goodden: Introduction – Ros Ballaster: The Body as Fiction: Eighteenth-Century Tales of the Orient – Guy Callan: Marivaux’s L’Ile des esclaves and the Anthropology of Ritual: Status Reversal and Elevation, Liminality and Communitas – Anne Deneys-Tunney: La Sémiotisation du corps féminin dans le roman libertin du XVIIIe siècle – Michel Delon: Les Couleurs du corps: roman pornographique et débats esthétiques au XVIIIe siècle – George Rousseau: Priapic Passages and ‘Trading in Trifles’: Penis and Pornography in the Eighteenth Century – Elena Russo: The Burlesque Body in Diderot’s Les Bijoux indiscrets – Beatrice Fink: You Are Not Necessarily What You Eat – Anne C. Vila: The Scholar’s Body: Health, Sexuality and the Ambiguous Pleasures of Thinking in Eighteenth-Century France – Angelica Goodden: Angelica Kauffman: Attenuating the Body – Susan L. Siegfried: Reinventing Relics and Napoleon’s Regal Body.