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The Human Body in Contemporary Literatures in English

Cultural and Political Implications

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Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Marta Fernández Morales

The human body is a recurrent theme in contemporary literatures in English. The aim of this collection of essays is to explore its multiple representations and functions within a wide range of texts drawn together from various Anglophone cultures. For thematic coherence, this volume is divided into four parts: Diseased Bodies, Invented Bodies, Gendered and Transgender Bodies, and Fragmented and Mutilated Bodies. By adopting multi-disciplinary perspectives, each group of essays illustrates the different ways in which these become multiply signifying sites of cultural and political representation, whether the mode is realistic or daringly speculative and fantastic, as in the case of genetically designed bodies, monstrous and machine bodies. This book contributes to understanding the body as a culture-specific construct.
The Editors: Sabine Coelsch-Foisner is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Theory at the University of Salzburg and Head of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre Metamorphic Changes in the Arts. She is the author of several books. Current projects include the literary fantastic, life-course models in literature, and cultural infrastructures.
Marta Fernández Morales, Ph.D., teaches North American Literature and 20th-century Theatre at the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). She is the author of four books and has published articles on gender issues in theatre, film, and television.