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This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture Hardcover – 1 Jun 2016

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (23 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199599033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199599035
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a good place to start thinking anew about reinvigorating debates deconstructing mindbody dualism. (Joanna Bourke, Journal of Medical History)

Engrossing and provocative... leaves readers eager for more. (Erin Sullivan, The Lancet)

Slight in weight ..., but not in intellectual breadth. Alberti gives us a new history of the body, primarily the female one. Crucially, she answers the 'so what' question, powerfully demonstrating why the history of the body matters. (Joanna Bourke, Books of the Year 2016, BBC History Magazine)

Moving and thought-provoking [This Mortal Coil shows] how understanding our bodies is integral to understanding ourselves. (Wendy Moore, New Statesman)

Alberti has provided a compelling history, which explores the relationship between the biological body, with its bones, skin, guts and genitals, and the language and metaphors we use to describe it, without reducing one to the other. Written accessibly, and in beautiful prose, this book will appeal to historians, social scientists, medical professionals and the general reader alike. Highly recommended. (Hazel Croft, BMJ Blogs)

Fay Bound Alberti proves again that she is an exquisite storyteller and compelling historian. This Mortal Coil is an enthralling history of our bodies. (Joanna Bourke, author of The Story of Pain.)

Bound Alberti is well known for her insightful analyses of the body... this book is a good place to start thinking anew about reinvigorating debates deconstructing mindbody dualism. (Medical History)

About the Author

Fay Bound Alberti is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in History at Queen Mary University of London, having taught previously at universities throughout the UK, including Manchester, UCL, and Lancaster. A founding member of the Centre for the History of Emotions, she has written extensively in the fields of history, medical history, and women's history, including Matters of the Heart: Locating Emotions in Medical and Cultural History (2010), also published by Oxford University Press, which was shortlisted for the Longman History Today book of the year award. She is also an experienced philanthropy advisor who has worked as Head of Philanthropy for the Arcadia foundation and Head of Medical Humanities Grants for the Wellcome Trust.

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