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By Florike Egmond,Robert Zwijnenberg

a robust preoccupation with the human physique - frequently manifested in startling methods - is a attribute shared via early smooth Europeans and their present-day opposite numbers. when glossy manifestations of this curiosity comprise physique piercing, tattoos, cosmetic surgery and consuming issues, early smooth preoccupations encompassed such different phenomena as tremendous births and actual deformity, physique snatching, public dissection, flagellation, judicial torture and public punishment. This quantity explores such severe manifestations of early smooth physically obsessions and fascinations, and their wider cultural importance. Agreeing that an curiosity in actual barriers, severe actual manifestations and events built and grew improved throughout the early glossy interval, the essays during this quantity examine no matter if this curiosity might be traced in a much wider variety of cultural phenomena, and will for that reason receive a in demand position in any destiny characterization of the early sleek interval. Taken as a complete, the amount should be learn as an try and create a brand new context during which to discover the cultural heritage of the human physique, in addition to the metaphors of study and research themselves.

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