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Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Edited by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon and Sophie Vasset

Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2705-1
    • Pages: 368
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    • Published Date: August 2018
    • Series: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies

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    This collection of essays seeks to challenge the notion of the supremacy of the brain as the key organ of the Enlightenment, by focusing on the workings of the bowels and viscera that so obsessed writers and thinkers during the long eighteenth-century. These inner organs and the digestive process acted as counterpoints to politeness and other modes of refined sociability, drawing attention to the deeper workings of the self. Moving beyond recent studies of luxury and conspicuous consumption, where dysfunctional bowels have been represented as a symptom of excess, this book seeks to explore other manifestations of the visceral and to explain how the bowels played a crucial part in eighteenth-century emotions and perceptions of the self. The collection offers an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on entrails and digestion by addressing urban history, visual studies, literature, medical history, religious history, and material culture in England, France, and Germany.

    Reviews

    '"The fart, unpent, that croons its air / Often foils death, dispels despair." Bellies, bowels and entrails, while it contains a wealth of material with comic potential that was often realised, is certainly not destined to be 'bumfodder', a common fate for much eighteenth-century literature. This fascinating, scholarly and entertaining examination of all things digestive advances the burgeoning field of stomach studies, especially by giving it a multi-disciplinary and European perspective. Any reader interested in the eighteenth century, or in medical humanities generally, will find this excellent volume crucial to their understanding of the practicalities and metaphorics of this most fundamental (forgive the pun) area of human experience.'
    Clark Lawlor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature at Northumbria University

    'One does not have to venture very far into eighteenth-century literary and artistic culture to come across distended bellies, visceral obsessions and technicolour excretions. Bellies, bowels and entrails presents an adventurous exploration of this dimension of the eighteenth-century world, engaging with a gloriously Rabelaisian array of forms of human viscerality. Bringing together high-calibre essays from a wide range of disciplinary fields, the volume manages to be as consistently absorbing and enlightening as it is entertaining, amusing and affecting.'
    Colin Jones, Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London

    'On the whole, this collection will reward readers from many disciplines while it amply demonstrates the shift to "the darker side of the Enlightenment" (5) that the editors identify in eighteenth-century studies.'
    Eighteenth-Century Fiction

    Contents

    Introduction: entrails and digestion in the eighteenth century - Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, Sophie Vasset

    Part I: Urban congestion and human digestion
    1. The belly and the viscera of the capital city - Gilles Thomas
    2. The intestinal labours of Paris - Sabine Barles and André Guillerme
    3. Digesting in the long eighteenth century - Ian Miller
    4. The soul in the entrails: the experience of the sick in the eighteenth century - Micheline Louis-Courvoisier

    Part II: Excremental operations
    5. Sawney's seat: the social imaginary of the London bog-house c.1660-c.1800 - Mark Jenner
    6. Eighteenth-century paper: the readers' digest - Amélie Junqua
    7. 'Words have no smell': faecal references in eighteenth-century French th√©√Ętre de soci√©t√© - Jennifer Ruimi
    8. The legibility of the bowels: Lichtenberg's excretory vision of Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress - Anthony Mahler

    Part III: Burlesque bellies
    9. Parodies of pompous knowledge: treatises on farting - Guilhem Armand
    10. Potbelly, paunch and innards: variations on the abdomen in Marivaux's L'Homère travesti and Télémaque travesti - Clémence Aznavour
    11. Desire, disgust and indigestibility in John Cleland's Memoirs of a Coxcomb - Rebecca Anne Barr
    12. Rotund bellies and double chins: Hogarth's bodies - Frédéric Ogée

    Part IV: Visualising the viscera
    13. Iconography of the belly: eighteenth-century satirical prints - Barbara Stentz
    14. Visceral visions: art, pedagogy and politics in Revolutionary France - Dorothy Johnson
    15. The saints of the entrails and the bowels of the earth - Jacques Gélis

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    Editors

    Rebecca Anne Barr is Lecturer above the bar at the National University of Ireland, Galway

    Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon is Ma√ģtre de conf√©rences at Universit√© Paris 8

    Sophie Vasset is Ma√ģtre de conf√©rences at Universit√© Paris-Diderot

    Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

    Edited by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, Sophie Vasset

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