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The Resource Telling the flesh : life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot, Sonja Boon

Telling the flesh : life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot, Sonja Boon

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Telling the flesh : life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot
Title
Telling the flesh
Title remainder
life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot
Statement of responsibility
Sonja Boon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book is about the stories our bodies tell, the stories we tell about our bodies and the ways that we integrate such stories into broader political narratives about citizenship and belonging. The stories under examination are those of the individuals who wrote letters describing their bodily sufferings to Swiss physician Samuel Auguste Tissot (1728-1797), the most famous doctor in Enlightenment Europe. Consultation by correspondence enabled individuals in far-flung places to maintain contact with leading physicians and was a mainstay of the eighteenth-century medical encounter. And it did something more: it gave individuals the opportunity to conceive their psychic and somatic sufferings in textual form. Through the process of writing letters describing their ailments, the authors of these letters created textual selves, articulating bodily autobiographies and identities shaped by bodily experience. The letters to Samuel Tissot are thus not only articulations of bodily suffering, but are articulations of bodily selves. Experienced within the social, cultural and political contexts of mid-eighteenth-century Europe, they tell us how individuals understood their bodily selves in relation to broader political discourses of belonging and citizenship. What people did with their bodies mattered in a political environment beset by concerns about depopulation, moral depravity, and corporeal excess, and organized around intricate rules of propriety. For many Enlightenment thinkers, the body functioned as a vital stage for the performance of virtue. Embodied virtue (ie. virtue enacted through bodily actions and behaviours), created the conditions of what Boon terms "corporeal citizenship.""--
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1969-
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Boon, Sonja
Dewey number
610.9409/033
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
McGill-Queen's/Associated Medical Services studies in the history of medicine, health, and society
Series volume
44
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tissot, S. A. D.
  • Physician and patient
  • Patients' writings
  • Sick
  • Human body
  • Human body
  • Citizenship
  • Medicine
Label
Telling the flesh : life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot, Sonja Boon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Bodies and stories -- Body logics : letters and lives -- Textual bodies/textual selves : illness, identity, and bodily subjectivity -- Corporeal virtue and embodied citizenship -- Constitutionally autobiographical : performing kinship -- Bodily agency and the politics of pleasure -- Neurographia : writing nervous disorder -- Epilogue : The limits of storytelling
Control code
ocn908308805
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780773597419
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908308805
Label
Telling the flesh : life writing, citizenship, and the body in the letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot, Sonja Boon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Bodies and stories -- Body logics : letters and lives -- Textual bodies/textual selves : illness, identity, and bodily subjectivity -- Corporeal virtue and embodied citizenship -- Constitutionally autobiographical : performing kinship -- Bodily agency and the politics of pleasure -- Neurographia : writing nervous disorder -- Epilogue : The limits of storytelling
Control code
ocn908308805
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780773597419
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908308805

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