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Bodies Beyond Borders. Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950

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In the decades around 1800, the discipline of anatomy rose to scientific prominence as it undergirded the Paris-based, clinical revolution in medicine. In the following century classical anatomy would gradually be surpassed by new disciplines based on microscopic analysis such as histology. General anatomy nevertheless remained pivotal in the teaching of medicine. Corpses, anatomical preparations, models and drawings were used more intensively than ever before. Moreover, anatomy received new forms of public visibility. It became part of general education and obtained a place in popular imagination through public exhibitions and lectures in museums and fairgrounds. The anatomical body developed into a production site for racial, gender and class identities. Both within the medical and the public sphere, art and science continued to be closely intertwined in anatomical representations of the body. The two fields witnessed important border traffic of people, illustrations and objects.Bodies Beyond Borders analyses the notion of circulation in anatomy. Following anatomy through different locations and cultural domains permits a deeper understanding of its history and its changing place in society. The essays in this collection focus on a wide variety of circulating ideas and objects ranging from models and body parts to illustrations and texts. They are followed in three types of movement: the geographical exchange of body parts and samples as part of professional anatomy, the interactions between scientific and public anatomies, and the exchanges between art and anatomy. Together, the essays enable to rethink the relations between metropolis and colony, university and fairground, scientific and artistic representations of the human body.
Number of pages: 304
ISBN:978 94 6270 094 9
Publication year:2017