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Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body (2015)


In Changing Hands, Peter J. Capuano sifts through Victorian literature and culture for changes in the way the human body is imagined in the face of urgent questions about creation, labor, gender, class, and racial categorization, using “hands” (the “distinguishing mark of . . . humanity”) as the primary point of reference. Capuano complicates his study by situating the historical argument in the context of questions about the disappearance of hands during the twentieth century into the haze of figurative meaning. Out of this curious aporia, Capuano exposes a powerful, “embodied handedness” as the historical basis for many of the uncritically metaphoric, metonymic, and/or ideogrammatic approaches to the study of the human body in recent critical discourse.

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Authors & Contributors
Richardson, Alan W.
Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert
Bowerbank, Sylvia Lorraine
Bayley, Mel
Malane, Rachel Ann
Ruston, Sharon
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Peter Lang
Virginia, University of
University of Maryland, College Park
Science and literature
Mind and body
Science and society
Dickens, Charles
Wells, Herbert George
Darwin, Charles Robert
Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Time Periods
19th century
Early modern
18th century
17th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
British Society for Psychical Research

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