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Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Pt I: Zone Three

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Publisher Comments:

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, Françoise Héritier Augé, 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.

Book News Annotation:

Forty-eight essays are collected in three volumes of this periodical (see following two entries). The essays, especially comissioned for this project, include the work of historians, anthropologists, literary critics, philosphers and art historians. Encompassing art, literature and society from antiquity to the 20th century with a primary focus on the human body from above, from below, inside and out. An astonishing attempt to create the shape, substance, theory and mythology of the human body. Includes a 100-page bibliography drawing on medicine, religion, alchemy, philosophy and architecture. Numerous illustrations. No index. Acidic paper.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Part 1 explores the human body's relationship to the divine, to the bestial, and to the machines that imitate or simulate it.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Among the contributors to Fragments for a History of the Human Body are Mark Elvin, Catherine Gallagher, Fran?oise H?ritier Aug?, 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.

About the Author

Michel Feher is a founding editor and publisher of Zone Books. He is the author of Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community and the editor of Fragments for a History of The Human Body (with Ramona Naddaff and Nadia Tazi).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780942299236
Subtitle:
Fragments for a History of the Human Body - Part 1
Editor:
Feher, Michel
Author:
Tazi, Nadia
Author:
Feher, Michel
Author:
Naddaff, Ramona
Publisher:
Zone Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body, Human (Philosophy)
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Zone
Series Volume:
3-5
Publication Date:
19890201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.28x7.37x1.27 in. 2.20 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Professional Medical Reference
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Literary and Cultural Studies

Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Pt I: Zone Three
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Product details 512 pages Zone Books - English 9780942299236 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Part 1 explores the human body's relationship to the divine, to the bestial, and to the machines that imitate or simulate it.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Among the contributors to Fragments for a History of the Human Body are Mark Elvin, Catherine Gallagher, Fran?oise H?ritier Aug?, 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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