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"defects": Engendering the Modern Body
Contributor(s): Deutsch, Helen Elizabeth (Editor), Nussbaum, Felicity (Editor)

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ISBN: 0472066986     ISBN-13: 9780472066988
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
OUR PRICE: $38.45  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2000

Annotation: ""Defects"" brings together essays on the emergence of the concept of monstrosity in the eighteenth century and the ways it paralleled the emergence of notions of sexual difference. Women, declared a mid-eighteenth-century vindication, have been regarded since Aristotle as deformed amphibious things, "neither more or less than "Monsters"" ("Beauty's Triumph" 1758). This alliance of monstrosity with misogyny, along with the definition of sexual difference as aberration, is the starting point for this volume's investigation of monstrosity's cultural work in the eighteenth century and its simultaneous mapping and troubling of the range of differences.
This collection investigates the conceptual and geographical mapping of early modern and Enlightenment ideas of monstrosity onto a range of differences that contested established categories. The essays consider the representations and material dimensions of phenomena as diverse as femininity and disfigurement, the material imagination and monstrous birth, ugliness as an aesthetic category, deafness and theories of sign language, and the exotic, racialized deformed. Collectively, they demonstrate that the emergence of sexual difference is inextricably intertwined with the emergence of a category of the human that is imagined and deformed, monstrous, and ugly. Contributors include Barbara Benedict, Jill Campbell, Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, Lennard Davis, Helen Deutsch, Robert Jones, Cora Kaplan, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Felicity Nussbaum, Stephen Pender, and Joel Reed.
Helen Deutsch is Professor of English, University of California at Los Angeles. Her most recent book is "Resemblance and Disgrace: Alexander Pope and the Deformation of Culture,"Felicity Nussbaum is Professor of English, University of California at Los Angeles. Her most recent book is "Torrid Zones: Maternity, Sexuality, and Empire in Eighteenth-Century English Narrative,"

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Social Science | Gender Studies
- Social Science | People With Disabilities
- Political Science | Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Dewey: 362.409
LCCN: 99006767
Series: Corporealities
Physical Information: 0.89" H x 6.14" W x 9.23" (1.07 lbs) 344 pages
- Chronological Period - 18th Century
- Cultural Region - British Isles
- Sex & Gender - Feminine
- Topical - Physically Challenged
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
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