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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...

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...

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...

Repertoire and Genres: Cultural Logics and the Trick of Theatrical Longevity

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...On her very first night in London and much to her youthful delight, the eponymous heroine of Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778) finds herself at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where she witnesses a performance of Benjamin Hoadly’s The Suspicious...

Human Nature, Peace, and War

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...Between the early seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries, major political thinkers conceived for the first time the possibility of a world of states, where a multitude of sovereign political bodies would eventually emerge from a former...

Mobility Impairment

A Cultural History of Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Cultural History Chapter

...This chapter examines the social and cultural meanings of mobility impairment in eighteenth-century Britain and the experiences of those with limited or nonstandard ambulation. “A man with a pair of ordinary legs, seldom thinks of anything...