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Revealing Bodies: Anatomy, Allegory, and the Grounds of by Erin M. Goss

By Erin M. Goss

Revealing Bodies turns to the eighteenth century to invite a query with carrying on with relevance: what different types of wisdom situation our figuring out of our personal our bodies? concentrating on the stress among particularity and generality that inheres in highbrow discourse in regards to the physique, Revealing Bodies explores the disconnection among the physique understood as a normal shape on hand to wisdom and the physique skilled as fairly one's personal. Erin Goss locates this department in modern physically indicates, resembling Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds, and in eighteenth-century anatomical discourse. Her readings of the corporeal aesthetics of Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry, William Blake's cosmological depiction of the body's beginning in such works as The [First] ebook of Urizen, and Mary Tighe's mirrored image at the relation among love and the soul in Psyche; or, The Legend of Love exhibit that the belief of the physique that grounds wisdom in an figuring out of anatomy emerges no longer as truth yet as fiction. finally, Revealing our bodies describes how thinkers within the eighteenth and 19th centuries and physically exhibitions within the 20th and twenty-first name upon allegorized figurations of the physique to hide the absence of the other to be had potential to appreciate that that's uniquely our personal: our life as our bodies within the world.

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