A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment Paperback / softback
Edited by Carole Reeves
Part of the The Cultural Histories Series series
The Enlightenment, 1650-1800 was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals.
Of course, slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured, daughters "belonged" to fathers and brothers, wives to husbands, and paupers were tethered to their parish.
But change was in the air as increased population, migration and urbanization began to reshape both national and personal identity.
The birth of modern society in the Enlightenment demanded a rethinking of the human body in all its forms, from conception to death and beyond.
The history of midwives, medics, colonialists, cross-dressers, corpses, vampires, witches, beggars, beauties, body snatchers, incest and immaculate conceptions - all reveal how the body changed in this age of turbulence and transition.
A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race, class and disease, cultural representations and popular beliefs, and self and society.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 312 pages, 50 bw illus
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 16/01/2014
- Category: Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
- ISBN: 9781472554659