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The Male Body in Medicine and Literature

Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea


Investigations of male potency and the ‘ability to perform’ have long been mainstays of social, political and artistic discourse and have provoked spirited and partisan declarations about what it is to be a man. This interdisciplinary collection considers the tensions that have developed between the historical privilege often ascribed to the male and the vulnerability to which his body is prone. Using a variety of historical and literary approaches, the essays in this work consider the critical ways in which medicine’s interactions with literature reveal vital clues about the ways sex, gender ... More

Keywords: Masculinity, Body, Medicine, Treatment, Potency, Injury, Pathology, Sickness, Gender

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940520
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Mangham, editor

Daniel Lea, editor

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Andrew Mangham and Daniel Lea

Part One Enquiry and Experimentation

Chapter Four ‘Intellectual suicides’

Christine Crockett Sharp

Part Two Wounded and Psychopathologised Bodies

Part Three Fear, Confusion and Contagion

Chapter Ten Syphilis and Sociability

Leigh Wetherall-Dickson

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