tensions and tell the story of the shifting seats of power and wealth.
At the same time, the stomach embodied collective fears (conspiracytheories, the fear of degeneracy or invasion, etc.) according to codes of representation which, although traditional, were
partly renewed by the assimilation and exploitation of theories
derived from medical knowledge and from the new pedagogical
approaches to the body.
1 A. de Baecque, art. ‘Body’, in M. Delon (ed.), Encylopedia of
the Enlightenment (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2001),