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Embodied : Victorian literature and the senses / William A. Cohen.

Cohen, William A. (Author).
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Subject: English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
Senses and sensation in literature.
Self in literature.
Subjectivity in literature.
Mind and body in literature.
Human body in literature.
Human body (Philosophy)
Psychology and literature > History > 19th century.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic book.

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  • ISBN: 9780816666522
  • ISBN: 0816666520
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 182 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-173) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Subject: embodiment and the senses -- Self: material interiority in Dickens and Bronte -- Skin: surface and sensation in Trollope's "The banks of the Jordan" -- Senses: face and feeling in Hardy's The return of the native -- Soul: inside Hopkins.
Summary: What does it mean to be human? British writers in the Victorian period found a surprising answer to this question. What is human, they discovered, is nothing more or less than the human body itself. In literature of the period, as well as in scientific writing and journalism, the notion of an interior human essence came to be identified with the material existence of the body. The organs of sensory perception were understood as crucial routes of exchange between the interior and the external worlds. Anatomizing Victorian ideas of the human, William A. Cohen considers the meaning of sensory enc.
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Summary: What does it mean to be human? British writers in the Victorian period found a surprising answer to this question. What is human, they discovered, is nothing more or less than the human body itself. In literature of the period, as well as in scientific writing and journalism, the notion of an interior human essence came to be identified with the material existence of the body. The organs of sensory perception were understood as crucial routes of exchange between the interior and the external worlds. Anatomizing Victorian ideas of the human, William A. Cohen considers the meaning of sensory enc.
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