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Anxious anatomy : the conception of the human form in literary and naturalist discourse

Author: Stefani Engelstein
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
Series: SUNY series, studies in the long nineteenth century.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefani Engelstein
ISBN: 9780791474778 0791474771 9780791474785 079147478X
OCLC Number: 174501239
Description: xiv, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: SUNY series, studies in the long nineteenth century.
Responsibility: Stefani Engelstein.
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"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.

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