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Anxious anatomy : the conception of the human form in literary and naturalist discourse / Stefani Engelstein.

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Subject: Science in literature.
English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
English literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
German literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
German literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Human reproduction in literature.
Literature and science > Europe > History > 18th century.
Literature and science > Europe > History > 19th century.
Medicine in Literature.
History, 18th Century.
History, 19th Century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781435666863
  • ISBN: 1435666860
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 326 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-314) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Formative drives : Goethe's monstrous Otto ; Monkeys, humans, and other mammals ; Reproductive eyes ; Metamorphology ; Elective affinities, or, chosen correspondences -- "Natural" reproduction and reproducing nature : William Blake's bodies ; Developing embryology ; Regenerative monsters: the Polypus ; Prolific devourers in Blake ; Science and conscience -- Modular bodies : War wounds ; Kleist's aesthetic appendages ; Bodies in motion ; Disarming knowledge ; Disarticulation -- Autonomous or automata? ; Mutilations and multiplication ; Hoffmann's Cyborgs ; Instrumentality or bits and pieces -- Just animals ; Animal instinct and Mary Shelley ; Beauty and the beast: female sexuality and male materialiality ; Framing justice ; The pursuit of happiness -- Visual epistemology ; Reading race ; Coloring in austen.
Review: "In Anxious Anatomy, Stefani Engelstein reconstructs the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century human body to offer startling new readings of major works by Goethe, Blake, Heinrich von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Engelstein links research on reproduction both to the ability of organisms such as hydra, snails, and newts to replace severed heads and gouged out eyes, and also to technical advances in battlefield amputation and artificial limbs. Readings of German and British literature, alongside natural history, surgery, aesthetics, and art, illuminate the importance of investigations into the body for emerging theories of human subjectivity, gender, volition, ethical behavior, and political organization. Engelstein also demonstrates how attempts to explain the structural characteristics of the body developed into biological justifications for ideologies of race, gender, and social hierarchies."--Jacket.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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