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The body and the arts

The body and the arts

Macnaughton, Jane; Maude, Ulrika; Saunders, Corinne J., 1963-

This text focuses on the dynamic relation between the body and the arts. Contributors from a variety of disciplines explore this relation across a range of periods and art forms, spanning medicine, literature from the classical period to the present, and visual and performing arts

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Corinne Saunders, Ulrika Maude and Jane Macnaughton
ISBN: 0230552048, 9780230552043
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 292 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
Subject: Anatomy, Artistic.; Human body Symbolic aspects.; Human body Social aspects.; English literature History and criticism.; Human body in literature.; Human body; Human body (Philosophy); Medicine and art.; Human figure in art.; Human body Religious aspects.; Literature and medicine.


  1. Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction
  2. C.Saunders, U.Maude  and J.Macnaughton PART I: THINKING THE BODY Polyclitus among the Philosophers: Canons of Classical Beauty
  3. G.Boys-Stones Body as Graced or Vile: Tensions in the Christian Vision
  4. D.Brown The Smoke of the Soul: Anatomy, Medical Spirits and the Rete Mirabile: 1538-1643
  5. R.Sugg The Fizziness Business
  6. S.Connor Flesh Revealed: Medicine, Art and Anatomy
  7. J.Macnaughton PART II: WRITING THE BODY The Affective Body: Love, Virtue and Vision in English Medieval Literature
  8. C.Saunders Victorian Literature and Bringing the Body Back from the Dead
  9. F.O'Gorman Modernist Bodies: Coming to Our Senses;  U.Maude Writing the Body: Modernism and Postmodernism;  P.Waugh Detective Fiction and the Body;  P.D.James (in conversation with C.Saunders) PART III: VIEWING THE BODY Pygmalion, Painted Flesh, and the Female Body
  10. M.Postle Satyrs, Harpies, Jellyfish, and Mutants: Ovidian Metamorphosis in Contemporary Art
  11. M.Warner Body, Space, Time
  12. A.Gormley Une écriture corporelle: The Dancer in the Text of Mallarmé and Yeats
  13. S.Jones The Erotic and the Sacred Body in Opera: the Venusberg to Monsalvat - and beyond;  D.Fuller Celluloid Formaldehyde? The Body on Film
  14. J.Buchanan Index

Author note

GEORGE BOYS-STONES is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Durham University, UK.

DAVID BROWN is Wardlaw Professor of Theology, Aesthetics and Culture at the University of St Andrews, UK.

JUDITH BUCHANAN is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK.

STEVEN CONNOR is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London, UK.

DAVID FULLER is Emeritus Professor of English at Durham University, UK.

ANTONY GORMLEY is a renowned British sculptor.

P. D. JAMES is a celebrated writer of detective fiction.

SUSAN JONES is Fellow in English at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, UK.

FRANCIS O'GORMAN is Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, UK.

MARTIN POSTLE is Director of Academic Activities at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK.

RICHARD SUGG is Fellow in Literature and Medicine in the University of Durham, UK.

MARINA WARNER is a prize-winning writer of fiction, criticism and history, and Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, UK.

PATRICIA WAUGH is Professor of English Studies in the University of Durham, UK.