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This mortal coil

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To many people the idea that 'the body' has its own history might sound faintly ridiculous. The body and its experiences are usually seen as something that we share with people from the past. Like 'human nature', it represents the unchanging in a changing world. Bodies just are...

But the body does have a history. The way that it moves, feels, breathes, and engages with the world has been viewed very differently across times and cultures. For centuries, 'we' were believed to be composed of souls that were part of the body and inseparable from it. Now we exist in our heads, and our bodies have become the vessels for that uncertain and elusive thing we call our 'true selves'. The way we understand the material structure of the body has also changed radically over
the centuries. From the bones to the skin, from the senses to the organs of sexual reproduction, every part of the body has an ever-changing history, dependent on time, culture, and place.

This Mortal Coil is an exploration of that history. Peeling away our assumptions about the unchanging nature of the human body, Fay Bound Alberti takes it apart in order to put it back anew, telling the cultural history of our key organs and systems from the inside out, from blood to guts, brains to sex organs. The understanding of the 'modern body' she reveals in the process is far removed from the 'eternal' or timeless object of common assumption. In fact, she argues, its roots go
back no further than the sixteenth century at the earliest - and it has only truly existed in its current form since the nineteenth century.
There are some indentations to the back cover, otherwise in very good condition. It has a signed dedication by the author.

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Signed by author
Author(s):
Fay Bound Alberti
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
240x168x21.8
EAN-13:
9780199599035
Edition:
First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780199599035
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
289
Publisher:
OUP Oxford

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To many people the idea that 'the body' has its own history might sound faintly ridiculous. The body and its experiences are usually seen as something that we share with people from the past. Like 'human nature', it represents the unchanging in a changing world. Bodies just are...

But the body does have a history. The way that it moves, feels, breathes, and engages with the world has been viewed very differently across times and cultures. For centuries, 'we' were believed to be composed of souls that were part of the body and inseparable from it. Now we exist in our heads, and our bodies have become the vessels for that uncertain and elusive thing we call our 'true selves'. The way we understand the material structure of the body has also changed radically over
the centuries. From the bones to the skin, from the senses to the organs of sexual reproduction, every part of the body has an ever-changing history, dependent on time, culture, and place.

This Mortal Coil is an exploration of that history. Peeling away our assumptions about the unchanging nature of the human body, Fay Bound Alberti takes it apart in order to put it back anew, telling the cultural history of our key organs and systems from the inside out, from blood to guts, brains to sex organs. The understanding of the 'modern body' she reveals in the process is far removed from the 'eternal' or timeless object of common assumption. In fact, she argues, its roots go
back no further than the sixteenth century at the earliest - and it has only truly existed in its current form since the nineteenth century.
There are some indentations to the back cover, otherwise in very good condition. It has a signed dedication by the author.

Added value:
Signed by author
Author(s):
Fay Bound Alberti
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
240x168x21.8
EAN-13:
9780199599035
Edition:
First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780199599035
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
289
Publisher:
OUP Oxford

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