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Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Author: Rebecca Anne Barr; Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon; Sophie Vasset
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies.
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This collection of essays seeks to challenge the notion of the supremacy of the brain as the key organ of the Enlightenment, by focusing on the workings of the bowels and viscera that so obsessed writers and thinkers during the long eighteenth-century. These inner organs and the digestive process acted as counterpoints to politeness and other modes of refined sociability, drawing attention to the deeper workings of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Anne Barr; Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon; Sophie Vasset
ISBN: 1526127059 9781526127051
OCLC Number: 1014088546
Description: xvii, 349 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: entrails and digestion in the eighteenth century / Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, Sophie Vasset --
The belly and the viscera of the capital city / Gilles Thomas --
The intestinal labours of Paris / Sabine Barles, André́ Guillerme --
Digesting in the long eighteenth century / Ian Mille --
The soul in the entrails: the experience of the sick in the eighteenth century / Micheline Louis-Courvoisier --
Sawney's seat: the social imaginary of the London bog-house c.1660-c.1800 / Mark Jenner --
Eighteenth-century paper: the readers' digest / Amélie Junqua --
'Words have no smell': faecal references in eighteenth century French théâtre de société / Jennifer Ruimi --
The legibility of the bowels: Lichtenberg's excretory vision of Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress / Anthony Mahler --
Parodies of pompous knowledge: treatises on farting / Guilhem Armand --
Potbelly, paunch and innards: variations on the abdomen in Marivaux's L'Homère travesti and Le Télémaque travesti / Clémence Aznavour --
Desire, disgust and indigestibility in John Cleland's Memoirs of a Coxcomb / Rebecca Anne Barr --
Rotund bellies and double chins: Hogarth's bodies / Frédéric Ogée --
Iconography of the belly: eighteenth-century satirical prints / Barbara Stentz --
Visceral visions: art, pedagogy and politics in Revolutionary France / Dorothy Johnson --The saints of the entrails and the bowels of the earth / Jacques Gélis.
Series Title: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies.
Responsibility: edited by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon and Sophie Vasset.


This collection of essays addresses the belly and the bowels as key elements in our understanding of eighteenth-century mentalities, emotions, and perceptions of the self. -- .  Read more...


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'"The fart, unpent, that croons its air / Often foils death, dispels despair." Bellies, bowels and entrails, while it contains a wealth of material with comic potential that was often realised, is Read more...

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