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Author Porter, Roy, 1946-2002.

Title Flesh in the Age of Reason / Roy Porter ; foreword by Simon Schama.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Seneca PL Adult Non-Fiction - SEBB-3  820.9 POR    AVAILABLE
Edition First American edition.
Description xviii, 573 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2003.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 475-555) and index.
Contents Know yourself -- Religion and the soul -- Medicine and the body -- The rational self -- Science rescues the spirit -- John Locke rewrites the soul -- The spectator : the polite self in the polite body -- Shaftesbury and Mandeville -- Swift and the Scriblerans : nightmare selves -- Johnson and incorporated minds -- Edward Gibbon : fame and mortality -- This mortal coil -- Flesh and form -- Putting on a face -- Sexing the self -- Telling yourself -- And who are you? -- Unreason -- Scottish selves -- Psychologizing the self -- Industrial bodies -- Dependent bodies -- William Godwin : awakening the mind -- William Blake : the body mystical -- Byron : sexy satire -- The march of mind.
Summary "How did we come to a modern understanding of our bodies and souls? ... Roy Porter charts how, through figures as diverse as Locke, Swift, Johnson, and Gibbon, ideas about medicine, politics, and religion fundamentally changed notions of self"--p. [2] of jacket.
Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Enlightenment -- Great Britain.
Mind and body in literature.
Rationalism in literature.
History, 18th Century -- Great Britain.
Human Body.
Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical.
Literature, Modern -- history -- Great Britain.
Sociology, Medical -- history -- Great Britain.
History, Early Modern 1451-1600 -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
ISBN 0393050750

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