Cultures of the Abdomen: Diet, Digestion, and Fat in the by C. Forth, A. Carden-Coyne

By C. Forth, A. Carden-Coyne

We are living in a global captivated with abdomens. even if we name it the stomach, tummy, or belly, we take this zone of the physique with no consideration as an item of our gaze, the topic of our obsessions, and the positioning of deeply felt wishes. nutrition, meals, and workout all play severe roles within the improvement of our physique pictures and therefore our feel of self, now not least simply because how we're made to consider approximately our bodies (both our personal and people of others) is frequently grounded in nutritional and way of life offerings. Cultures of the stomach strains the background of social, cultural, and scientific rules concerning the abdominal and similar organs because the 17th century, and demonstrates centred research of the stomach is important for realizing the deep historic meanings that underscore our modern obsessions with starvation, nutrition, fats, indigestion, and excretion. It locates that heritage from nutritional beliefs in early glossy Europe to the vexing factor of yankee fats within the twenty-first century, surveying alongside the way in which advancements in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia.

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6. John Sekora in Luxury: The Concept in Western Thought, Eden to Smollett (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977); Christopher Berry, The Idea of Luxury (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Maxine Berg and Helen Clifford, Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650–1850 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998); Roy Porter, “The Patient in England, c. 1660-c. 1800,” in Medicine in Society: Historical Essays, Andrew Wear, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1992), 108.

In this, it is wonderfully like ourselves—I mean like the bodies in which we dwell. ”14 Thus, the body in Victorian biomedical discourses is not static, but neither is it radically dynamic. Although bodies themselves are not represented as fixed structures, a sort of structuring is imposed upon them through the idea of the permanent condition. The flame metaphor could only be carried so far though, because it failed to account for the fact that corporeal processes broke down over time. ”15 Although this metaphor reconstructs the body as a thing that is acted upon, Bond nonetheless views the body as far from a stable substance.

23. 24. 29 Nervous, Hypochondriac, or Hysteric, 127; Thomas Trotter, A View of The Nervous Temperament (London: Longman, 1807; reprint, New York: Arno, 1976), 203. Cheyne, “The Case of the Author,” in The English Malady. For a recent interpretation of work and leisure in the period, see Sarah Jordan, The Anxieties of Idleness: Idleness in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2003). , An Essay on the Vital and Involuntary Motions of Animals, 134.

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