Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticism

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A surprising evaluation of the role of the physical body in the construction of British identity. Eighteenth-century medicine used the word "monstrosities" to describe physically deformed bodies--those irreducible to the "proper body" in their singular, sometimes startling difference. Considering British society in confrontation with such monstrosities, Paul Youngquist reveals the cultural politics of embodiment in Britain during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Drawing on the histories of medicine, ...

Monstrosities: Bodies and British Romanticism 2003, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816639793

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