A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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A Body of Work includes poems by writers from the dawn of Enlightenment to the 21st Century and explores changing attitudes to medicine, health and the body. The book is divided into eight thematic sections, each of which includes a chronological range of poetry and excerpts of important historical and contextual medical writing. The sections are:

Body as machine
Nerves, mind, and brain
Illness, disease, and disability
Hospitals, practitioners, and professionals
Sex, evolution, and reproduction
Ageing and dying

Includes work by such poets as: Dannie Abse, Maya Angelou, Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, John Burnside, Raymond Carver, Lucille Clifton, S. T. Coleridge, Erasmus Darwin, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Mark Doty, T.S. Eliot, Paul Farley, Ann Finch, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ted Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Paul Muldoon, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, Rainer Maria Rilke, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, John Addington Symonds, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams.

Author Biography

Corinna Wagner is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Exeter, UK. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism and author of Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Political Culture in the Age of Revolution.

Andy Brown is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Arts, University of Exeter, UK. A widely published poet and critic, his previous books include Fall of the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 and, as editor, Binary Myths: Conversations with Contemporary Poets.

Table of Contents

Introduction \ 1. The Material Body: The Body as Machine \ 2. Mind and Body: Nerves, Nervous Disorders and Psychology \ 3. Consuming: Food, Drugs and Alcohol \ 4. Contagion and Disease \ 5. The Profession: Doctors, Hospitals and the Experience of Medicine \ 6. Treatments and Cures \ 7. The Body in Pleasure; The Body in Pain \ 8. Evolution, Genetics and Reproduction \ 9. Age and Ageing, Death and Dying \ Suggested Reading and Bibliography \ Index.

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