The Body in Eighteenth-Century Britain (HIH1014)
This module uses a wide range of sources (including personal sources, medical texts, literature and satires, advertising and images) to recreate the history of the body in eighteenth-century Britain. It will explore different ideals of the body, including changing notions of masculinity and femininity; how the body was understood by medical practitioners; how ‘ordinary’ people understood how their body ‘felt’ or what was wrong with them; disability; the expansion in the types and numbers of products available for the body; and artistic depictions of people. Each theme will be explored in light of recent historical research and debate, and will utilize many different source materials. It does not require any knowledge of medical history or eighteenth-century Britain.