Bodies Beyond Borders: Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950 by Kaat WilsBodies Beyond Borders: Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950 by Kaat Wils

Bodies Beyond Borders: Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950

EditorKaat Wils, Raf De Bont, Sokhieng Au

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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Around 1800 anatomy as a discipline rose to scientific prominence as it undergirded the Paris-centred clinical revolution in medicine. Although classical anatomy gradually lost ground in the following centuries in favor of new disciplines based on microscopic analysis, general anatomy nevertheless remained pivotal in the teaching of medicine. Corpses, anatomical preparations, models, and drawings were used more intensively than ever before. Moreover, anatomy received new forms of public visibility. Through public exhibitions and lectures in museums and fairgrounds, anatomy became part of general education and secured a place in popular imagination. As such, the anatomical body developed into a production site for racial, gender, and class identities. Both within the medical and the public sphere, art and science continued to be closely intertwined in anatomical representations of the body.

Bodies Beyond Borders analyzes the notion of circulation in anatomy. Following anatomy through different locations and cultural domains permits a deeper understanding of its history and its changing place in society. The essays in this collection focus on a wide variety of circulating ideas and objects, ranging from models and body parts to illustrations and texts. Together, the essays enable rethinking the relations between metropolis and colony, university and fairground, and scientific and artistic representations of the human body.


Sokhieng Au (KU Leuven), Margaret Carlyle (University of Minnesota), Tinne Claes (KU Leuven), Veronique Deblon (KU Leuven), Raf de Bont (Maastricht University), Stephen C. Kenny (University of Liverpool), Helen MacDonald (University of Melbourne), Natasha Ruiz-Gomez (University of Essex), Kim Sawchuk (Concordia University), Naomi Slipp (Auburn University-Montgomery), Joris Vandendriessche (KU Leuven), Kaat Wils (KU Leuven)

Kaat Wils is professor in European cultural history and head of the research group Cultural History since 1750 at KU Leuven. Raf de Bont is lecturer at the History Department of Maastricht University. Sokhieng Au is programme staff in the Analysis and Advocacy unit of Médecins Sans Frontières and a research fellow in history at KU Leuv...
Title:Bodies Beyond Borders: Moving Anatomies, 1750-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6.7 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Leuven University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Moving Anatomies, 1750–1950

Sokhieng Au, Raf de Bont, Kaat Wils


Artisans, Patrons, and Enlightenment: The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge in Paris, St. Petersburg, and London

Margaret Carlyle

Anatomy and Sociability in Nineteenth-Century Belgium

Joris Vandendriessche

Corpse Stories: Anatomy, Bodies and a Colonial World

Helen MacDonald

Anatomical Collecting and Tropical Medicine in the Belgian Congo

Sokhieng Au


Imitating Anatomy: Recycling Anatomical Illustrations in Nineteenth-Century Atlases

Veronique Deblon

Alternative Anatomy: The Popular Lectures of Constant Crommelinck in Brussels (1850–1880)

Tinne Claes

"Specimens Calculated to Shock the Soundest Sleeper": Deep Layers of Anatomical Racism Circulated On-Board the Louisiana Health Exhibit Train

Stephen C. Kenny


International Anatomies: Teaching Visual Literacy in the Harvard Lecture Hall

Naomi Slipp

Shaking the Tyranny of the Cadaver: Doctor Paul Richer and the “Living Écorché”

Natasha Ruiz-Gómez

Animating the Anatomical Specimen: Textbook Anatomy and the Incorporation of Photography in JCB Grant's “An Atlas of Anatomy”

Kim Sawchuk

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Gallery with color plates

Editorial Reviews

"Wils, de Bont, and Au have compiled an exemplary, highly coherent text with analysis that is relevant and insightful but which demands careful reading."

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