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The Body and Modernity

Darren N. Wagner

Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin, Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lesson Plan

...Introduction Modernity has involved profound changes to human bodies. As a subject, the body has been central to developments in legal regulation, political debate, medical interventions, scientific understanding, personal experience...

Oriental Interiors in Eighteenth-century British Women Writers’ Novels

Oriental Interiors: Design, Identity, Space

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book Chapter

...Following the publication of the English translation of Antoine Galland’s French version of Arabian Nights’ Entertainments (1706), in which the literary replica of the Oriental interiors of palaces and seraglios belonging to sultans...

Introduction: Theatre and the Enlightenment Matrix

Mechele Leon

Mechele Leon is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...In the time between Marvin Carlson’s The Theatre of the French Revolution (1966) and Mark Darlow’s Staging the French Revolution: Cultural Politics and the Paris Opéra (2012), something happened more than simply the passing of forty-six...

Introduction

Stephen Bending

Stephen Bending is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Women, Gardens and Eighteenth-Century Culture, and co-editor of Writing Rural England 1500-1800. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...The last thirty years have seen an enormous, and enormously fruitful, expansion of approaches to European gardens and to garden history of the period 1650–1800. All periodizations are of course arbitrary, and these dates are not intended...

Introduction: Enlightenment Bodies

Carole Reeves

Carole Reeves is Outreach Historian at The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK. She is co-author of Medical Book Illustration: A Short History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...The Enlightenment was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals. This appraisal was different of course from ownership of one’s body. Slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured,...

Gender and Sexuality: “Hairs Less in Sight”

A Cultural History of Hair in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Enlightenment-era depictions of hair indexed fears over (racial) mixing and (black) revolution. Hair was mustered by natural historians, artists, and authors alike as a chief marker of racial difference that was also mutable and capable...

Taste Inequalities in the Art Consumption of Prince Nicolaus I Esterházy ‘the Magnificent’

A Taste for Luxury in Early Modern Europe : Display, Acquisition and Boundaries

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...The appreciation of the flamboyant entertainments and tasteful luxury of Prince Nicolaus I Esterházy (1714–1790),His given name is Miklós in Hungarian, but outside Hungary he is better known by the German form of his name and, since he...

Soldiers of the Pays: Localism and Nationalism in the Revolutionary Era Army

Place and Locality in Modern France

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Reflecting upon France's regional diversity, Charles de Gaulle famously quipped in 1962 that it is nearly impossible to govern “a country which has two hundred forty-six types of cheese” (Shapiro 2006, p. 193). In an earlier and lesser...

Social Functions: Audiences and Authority

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...The social function of theatre is invariably linked to its audiences. These are the people who go to see performances and perpetuate theatre’s existence either by returning to see more or, in some cases, reacting with a resolve to try...

Beauty

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...What is beauty? Why have certain bodies been idealized while others have been stigmatized as ugly or deformed? Such questions are of key importance to the history of the body.I am grateful to Carys Turner for her comments on an earlier...