Anca Mihaela Pusca

3 An anatomy of disillusionment Why illusions and disillusions? The word that has been perhaps most often employed to express the effects of the changes brought about by the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 revolutions across Central and Eastern Europe is disillusionment. People have generally used it as a way to describe a certain state of being—a sense of hopelessness—that had significant effects on both the physical and psychological ability of individuals to tackle the changes at hand. Disillusionment was mentioned in a number of different contexts

in Revolution, democratic transition and disillusionment
Harry Blutstein

7 The anatomy of an insurgency The world is nothing more than a market, an immense fairground. (Jules Verne, Paris in the Twentieth Century) Making of an insurgent Walter Wriston was nothing like a typical 1940s banker. In that decade, bankers were easy-­going, faithfully following the ‘3–6–3 rule’: paying 3 per cent interest on deposits, lending money at 6 per cent, and teeing off at the golf course by 3 p.m. By contrast, Wriston was never going to settle for a comfortable, albeit dull, career. His natural inclination was to overturn the existing order, and his

in The ascent of globalisation
Kevin Clifton

37 3 The anatomy of aural suspense in Rope and Vertigo Kevin Clifton I vividly remember seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) for the first time as a graduate student in Austin, Texas, in the 1990s. I  was hypnotised in the darkened theatre as I listened to Bernard Herrmann’s swirling arpeggios and watched Saul Bass’s spiralling visuals during the opening credits. Something  –​or someone  –​ took a hold of me that afternoon. Since that day, Herrmann’s music, especially the opening Prelude, has been something akin to a musical dark passenger1 in my life, lurking

in Partners in suspense
The Gothic, Medical Collections and Victorian Popular Culture
Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

As soon as the corpse became central to medical education, and as a growing number of private medical schools opened throughout Great Britain, involving the rise of the demand for dead bodies, the literary field played a significant part in the popularisation of medical knowledge, offering insights into the debates around medical practice and education. As this paper will show, the literary field dealt with medical practitioners treatment of the corpse through playing upon a Gothic rhetoric, dramatizing the tension between the cutting up, preservation and exhibition of human remains in medical collections and the objectification of the patient on the one hand, and the central part played by anatomy in medical knowledge and the therapeutic applications of dissection, on the other. Through exploring how literary texts capitalizing on the Gothic paraphernalia recorded cultural responses to medical practice in the long nineteenth century, this paper will ultimately underline the role that nineteenth-century literature played, not merely in the dissemination of medical knowledge but also in the public engagement of medicine.

Gothic Studies
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Inscriptions, bodies and selves in nineteenth-century hermaphrodite case histories
Author: Geertje Mak

An adolescent girl is mocked when she takes a bath with her peers, because her genitals look like those of a boy. A couple visits a doctor asking to ‘create more space’ in the woman for intercourse. A doctor finds testicular tissue in a woman with appendicitis, and decides to keep his findings quiet. These are just a few of the three hundred European case histories of people whose sex was doubted during the long nineteenth century that this book draws upon. The book offers a refreshingly new perspective on the relation between physical sex and identity over the long nineteenth century. Rather than taking sex, sexuality and gender identity as a starting point for discussing their mutual relations, it historicizes these very categories. Based on a wealth of previously unused source material, the book asks how sex was doubted in practice—whether by lay people, by hermaphrodites themselves, or by physicians; how this doubt was dealt with; what tacit logics directed the practices by which a person was assigned a sex, and how these logics changed over time. The book highlights three different rationales behind practices of doubting and (re)assigning sex: inscription, body and self. Sex as inscription refers to a lifelong inscription of a person in the social body as male or female, marked by the person's appearance. This logic made way for logics in which the truth of inner anatomy and inner self were more significant.

Editor: Howard Chiang

This collection expands the history of Chinese medicine by bridging the philosophical concerns of epistemology and the history and cultural politics of transregional medical formations. Topics range from the spread of gingko’s popularity from East Asia to the West to the appeal of acupuncture for complementing in-vitro fertilization regimens, from the modernization of Chinese anatomy and forensic science to the evolving perceptions of the clinical efficacy of Chinese medicine.

The individual essays cohere around the powerful theoretical-methodological approach, “historical epistemology,” with which scholars in science studies have already challenged the seemingly constant and timeless status of such rudimentary but pivotal dimensions of scientific process as knowledge, reason, argument, objectivity, evidence, fact, and truth. Yet given that landmark studies in historical epistemology rarely navigate outside the intellectual landscape of Western science and medicine, this book broadens our understanding of its application and significance by drawing on and exploring the rich cultures of Chinese medicine. In studying the globalizing role of medical objects, the contested premise of medical authority and legitimacy, and the syncretic transformations of metaphysical and ontological knowledge, contributors illuminate how the breadth of the historical study of Chinese medicine and its practices of knowledge-making in the modern period must be at once philosophical and transnational in scope.

This book will appeal to students and scholars working in science studies and medical humanities as well as readers who are interested in the broader problems of translation, material culture, and the global circulation of knowledge.

Mechthild Fend

Seeing through the skin ‘If you wish to succeed in drawing, it is essential to study the body even to a great level of detail’, stated Jean-Joseph Sue the younger in his 1788 Élémens d’anatomie, à l’usage des peintres, des sculpteurs et des amateurs. Then still working as assistant to his eponymous father, professor of anatomy at the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, Sue stressed the significance of anatomical study for artists and continued that they should ‘curiously and observantly eye all the parts of the body, both internal and external, that

in Fleshing out surfaces
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The challenge of defending Britain
Michael Clarke

-evidently right answers as to what Britain’s overall security policy should be. But the defence element within that security policy is not so obscure that it cannot be clearly understood, even though it is normally surrounded by specialist jargon and high-technology responses. The essential anatomy of what governments call ‘defence policy’ is not difficult to categorise, and the six chapters that follow examine each essential element in turn. It consists of the money that is allocated to it; the equipment the armed forces

in The challenge of defending Britain
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Lyly, Euphues and the market for single-story books (1578–94)
Andy Kesson

formed a part. Its prose is heavily euphuistic, its story follows Greene’s practice of privileging the female viewpoint and Lyly’s practice of allowing soliloquy and dialogue to dominate narrative statement. Most obviously, it is a single-story book, following directly on from Lyly’s Anatomy. Its prefatory material makes an appeal to Lyly’s work with its references to ‘the

in John Lyly and Early Modern Authorship
Bodies of horror

The Gothic is haunted by the ghost of William Blake. Scholars of the Gothic have long recognised Blake’s affinity with the genre, often invoking his name, characters, and images in passing. Yet, to date, no major scholarly study focused on Blake’s intersection with the Gothic exists. William Blake’s gothic imagination seeks to redress this disconnect and, in the words of another ghost, to lend a serious hearing to a dimension of Blake’s work we all somehow know to be vital and yet remains understudied. The essays here collected do not simply identify Blake’s Gothic conventions but, thanks to recent scholarship on affect, psychology, and embodiment in Gothic studies, reach deeper into the tissue of anxieties that take confused form through this notoriously nebulous historical, aesthetic, and narrative mode. The collection opens with papers touching on literary form, history, lineation, and narrative in Blake’s work, establishing contact with major topics in Gothic studies. The volume, however, eventually narrows its focus to Blake’s bloody, nervous bodies, through which he explores various kinds of Gothic horror related to reproduction, anatomy, sexuality, affect, and materiality. Rather than his transcendent images, this collection attends to Blake’s ‘dark visions of torment’. Drawing on the recent interest in Gothic studies on visual arts, this volume also highlights Blake’s engravings and paintings, productions that in both style and content suggest a rich, underexplored archive of Gothic invention. This collection will appeal to students of Romanticism, the Gothic, art history, media/mediation studies, popular mythography, and adaptation studies.