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The Body and the Arts
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
26 Mar 2009
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The Body and the Arts focuses on the dynamic relation between the body and the arts: the body as inspiration, subject, symbol and medium. Contributors from a variety of academic and artistic disciplines explore this complex and shifting relation across a range of periods, literatures and other art forms, spanning the subjects of medicine, literature from the classical period to the present, and the visual and performing arts, including film, dance and opera. The book engages with enduring cultural issues: the materiality of the body, the tension between actual and ideal, beauty and horror, the interconnection of the history of medicine with the cultural history of the body, the complex process of negotiation between the actual human body and the artist, and the effect of science and technology on artistic representations of the body. The volume includes essays by Marina Warner, Antony Gormley and P. D. James.


Description

The Body and the Arts focuses on the dynamic relation between the body and the arts: the body as inspiration, subject, symbol and medium. Contributors from a variety of academic and artistic disciplines explore this complex and shifting relation across a range of periods, literatures and other art forms, spanning the subjects of medicine, literature from the classical period to the present, and the visual and performing arts, including film, dance and opera. The book engages with enduring cultural issues: the materiality of the body, the tension between actual and ideal, beauty and horror, the interconnection of the history of medicine with the cultural history of the body, the complex process of negotiation between the actual human body and the artist, and the effect of science and technology on artistic representations of the body. The volume includes essays by Marina Warner, Antony Gormley and P. D. James.


Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; C.Saunders, U.Maude and J.Macnaughton
PART I: THINKING THE BODY
Polyclitus among the Philosophers: Canons of Classical Beauty; G.Boys-Stones
Body as Graced or Vile: Tensions in the Christian Vision; D.Brown
The Smoke of the Soul: Anatomy, Medical Spirits and the Rete Mirabile: 1538-1643; R.Sugg
The Fizziness Business; S.Connor
Flesh Revealed: Medicine, Art and Anatomy; J.Macnaughton
PART II: WRITING THE BODY
The Affective Body: Love, Virtue and Vision in English Medieval Literature; C.Saunders
Victorian Literature and Bringing the Body Back from the Dead; 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; M.Postle
Satyrs, Harpies, Jellyfish, and Mutants: Ovidian Metamorphosis in Contemporary Art; M.Warner
Body, Space, Time; A.Gormley
Une écriture corporelle: The Dancer in the Text of Mallarmé and Yeats; S.Jones
The Erotic and the Sacred Body in Opera: the Venusberg to Monsalvat – and beyond; D.Fuller
Celluloid Formaldehyde? The Body on Film; J.Buchanan
Index


Authors

CORINNE SAUNDERS is Professor of English Literature in the University of Durham, UK. She specializes in medieval literature and the history of ideas. Her publications include The Forest of Medieval Romance: Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England, two edited books on Chaucer, and A Companion to Romance. She has recently completed a new monograph, Magic in Medieval English Romance.

ULRIKA MAUDE is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Durham, UK. She is the author of Beckett, Technology and the Body and co-editor of Beckett and Phenomenology.
 
JANE MACNAUGHTON is Director of the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine and Senior Lecturer in medical education at Durham University, UK. She is also a GP who currently works in gynaecology. Her main research interest is in medical humanities, especially literature and medicine, and she has published in this as well as in philosophy and medicine. Her books include Clinical Judgement: Evidence in Practice (with Robin Downie) and an edited volume (with Corinne Saunders), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture.