Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War

Hardcover | September 13, 2009

byAna Carden-Coyne

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The First World War mangled faces, blew away limbs, and ruined nerves. Ten million dead, twenty million severe casualties, and eight million people with permanent disabilities - modern war inflicted pain and suffering with unsparing, mechanical efficiency. However, such horror was not theentire story. People also rebuilt their lives, their communities, and their bodies. From the ashes of war rose beauty, eroticism, and the promise of utopia. Ana Carden-Coyne investigates the cultures of resilience and the institutions of reconstruction in Britain, Australia, and the United States. Immersed in efforts to heal the consequences of violence and triumph over adversity, reconstruction inspired politicians, professionals, and individuals totransform themselves and their societies. Bodies were not to remain locked away as tortured memories. Instead, they became the subjects of outspoken debate, the objects of rehabilitation, and commodities of desire in global industries. Governments, physicians, beauty and body therapists, monument designers and visual artists looked toclassicism and modernism as the tools for rebuilding civilization and its citizens. What better response to loss of life, limb, and mind than a body reconstructed?

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The First World War mangled faces, blew away limbs, and ruined nerves. Ten million dead, twenty million severe casualties, and eight million people with permanent disabilities - modern war inflicted pain and suffering with unsparing, mechanical efficiency. However, such horror was not theentire story. People also rebuilt their lives, t...

Dr. Ana Carden-Coyne is Co-Director at the Centre for the Cultural History of War at the University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 13, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199546460

ISBN - 13:9780199546466

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reconstructing Civilization in Postwar Culture2. Culture Shock: Trauma, Pleasure, and Visual Memory3. Monumental Classicism: Healing the Western Body4. The Sexual Reconstruction of Men5. The 'Golden Age of Woman'6. Performing the New CivilizationConclusion: Healing and ForgettingBibliography