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1 Jan 1989 Fragments for a History of the Human Body
The 48 essays and photographic dossiers in these three volumes examine the history of the human body as a field where life and thought intersect. They show how different cultures at different times have entwined physical capacities and mental mechanisms in order to construct a body adapted to moral ideas or social circumstances the body of a charismatic citizen or a visionary monk a mirror image of the world or a reflection of the spirit.Each volume emphasizes a particular perspective. "Part 1 "explores the human body's relationship to the divine, to the bestial, and to the machines that imitate or simulate it. "Part 2 "covers the junctures between the body's "outside" and "inside" by studying the manifestations - or production - of the soul and the expression of the emotions and, on another level, by examining the speculations inspired by cenesthesia, pain, and death. "Part 3 "brings into play the classical opposition between organ and function by showing how organs or bodily substances can be used to justify or challenge the way human societies function and, conversely, how political and social functions tend to make the bodies of the persons filling them the organs of a larger body - the social body or the universe as a whole.Among the contributors to "Fragments for a History of the Human Body "are Mark Elvin, Catherine Gallagher, Francoise Heritier Auge, Julia Kristeva, William R. LaFleur, Thomas W. Laqueur Jacques Le Goff, Nicole Loraux, Mario Perniola, Hillel Schwartz, Jean Starobinski, Jean Pierre Vernant, and Caroline Walker Bynum.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (1 Jan 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942299264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942299267
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.6 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,974,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fragments. 29 Nov 2013
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A wonderful, full colourful and practical guide in ALL areas of the body. A great global, cultural and sometimes unusual context and reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Table of Contents 17 Feb 2013
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Table of Contents for Part Two of the _Fragments_ (softbound version):


Therefore, Socrates is immortal, Nicole Loraux

Reflections of a soul, Eric Alliez & Michel Feher

The face and the soul, Patrizia Magli

The ethics of gesture, Jean-Claude Schmitt

The upward training of the body from the age of chivalry to courtly civility, Georges Vigarello

Geerewol: the art of seduction, Carol Beckwith

Love's rewards, Rene Nelli

Between clothing and nudity, Mario Perniola

Tales of _shen_ and _xin_: body-person and heart-mind in China during the last 150 years, Mark Elvin

The natural and literary history of bodily sensation, Jean Starobinski
Some simple reflections on the body, Paul Valery

The three-body problem and the end of the world, Hillel Schwartz

The ghost in the machine: religious healing and representations of the body in Japan, Mary Picone

The end of the body, Jonathan Parry

Celestial bodies: a few steps on the way to heaven, Nadia Tazi
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