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Between male and female in ancient medicine

King, Helen (2015). Between male and female in ancient medicine. In: Boschung, Dietrich; Shapiro, Alan and Waschek, Frank eds. Bodies in Transition: Dissolving the Boundaries of Embodied Knowledge. Morphomata (23). Paderborn: Fink Verlag, pp. 249–264.

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[About the book]

This volume deals with the dissolution of the concept of the ideal body as a repository of knowledge through instances of deformation or hybridization
The starting point comprises a series of case studies of less than perfect bodies: bodies that are misshapen, stigmatized, fragmented, as well as hybrid human/animal creatures, transgendered persons, and bodies on the cultural periphery of the classical world. These examples represent deviations from the »normal« order of things and evoke feelings of alienation. One strategy for dealing with this is to canonize transgression in visual form. Fluid bodies are captured in the image, creating a visual order in disorder. The body-as-ruin is a fixed figure of fluidity and thus receptive to attributions of meaning, which helps explain its persistence as a cultural trope. It allows for the observation of cultural change.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Helen King
ISBN: 3-7705-5808-1, 978-3-7705-5808-7
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Following Agnodike and Phaethousa: gender and transformation in the reception of ancient medicineAH/I001506/1AHRC
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 41609
Depositing User: Helen King
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
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