Added: August 6, 2016 – Last updated: August 6, 2016


Author: Corinna Wagner

Title: Pathological Bodies

Subtitle: Medicine and Political Culture

Place: Berkeley, Los Angeles and London

Publisher: University of California Press

Year: 2013

Pages: xii + 315pp.

Series: The Berkeley Series in British Studies 6

ISBN-13: 9781938169083 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780520289529 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century, 19th Century | European History: English History, French History


Link: eScholarship: Open-Access Scholarly Publishing Services to the University of California (Free Access)


Author: Corinna Wagner, Department of English, University of, ResearchGate


  List of Illustrations (p. ix)
  Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  Introduction: Constitutions Both Corporeal and Political (p. 1)
    Medicine and the Migration of Ideas (p. 6)
    Case Studies (p. 11)
  Part I. Revolutionary Pathologies
  1 The Case of Marie Antoinette: Revolutionary Politics and the Biologically Suspect Woman (p. 17)
    The Biology of Incommensurability (p. 19)
    Antimonarchical Propaganda and Uterine Furor (p. 21)
    Hermaphrodites and Tribades (p. 28)
    Masturbation (p. 42)
    From Biology to Law (p. 45)
  2 Monstrous Mothers, Constitutional Amazons, and thre Medicalization of the Breast (p. 50)
    Rousseau, National Regeneration, and the Breast (p. 53)
    Representing the Politicized Breast (p. 63)
    Amazons and Sodomites (p. 70)
  Part II. Radical Pathologies
  3 Murder to Dissect: Godwin, Wollstonecraft, and the Pathology of Indifference (p. 81)
    Performing Autopsies in Print (p. 87)
    The School of Flesh and Blood (p. 92)
    Overstimulation, Apathy, and Ennui (or the Problem of Too Much Information) (p. 101)
    Rationality, Impartiality, and the Crimes of Sadists (p. 108)
    Wollstonecraft and the Question of Female Embodiment (p. 114)
    Nervous Disorders, the Culture of Sensibility, and Radical Women (p. 121)
    Social Shame and Public Discipline (p. 126)
  4 Hygiene, Contamination, and Tom Paine's Toenails (p. 129)
    A Very Public Vivisection (p. 133)
    Hygiene, Disease, and Social Order (p. 135)
    Paine's Stigmata (p. 146)
    The Disease of Intemperance (p. 151)
    Sexual Dysfunction and Biological-Moral Responsibility (p. 154)
    Decline, Death, and Shame (p. 159)
    Shame and Governmentality (p. 161)
    The Durability of the Paine Mythology (p. 163)
  Part III. Royal Pathologies
  5 Gout vs. Goût: Taste, Community, and the Monarchy (p. 167)
    The Medicopolitical Context of Gout (p. 171)
    Temperance (p. 176)
    "The Prince of Whales": Sensus Communis and the Problem of Excess (p. 181)
    Rationality and the New Man of Taste (p. 186)
  6 Hottentot Buttocks, "Strange Chinese Shapes," and George IV's Oriental Appetites (p. 198)
    Consuming Tastes: Identity, Health, and Foreignness (p. 200)
    Bodies and Buildings: Foreign Flesh and Alien Architecture (p. 203)
    Contagious Appetites, Foreign Contaminants, and the Global Circulation of Disease (p. 212)
    Piggist Kings, Homegrown Cannibals, and Radical Vegetarians (p. 215)
    Sweet-Toothed Monarchs and the Natural System of Diet (p. 222)
  Coda: Medicine, Politics, and the Production of the Modern Body (p. 231)
  Notes (p. 239)
  Bibliography (p. 273)
    Newspapers and Periodicals (p. 273)
    Manuscripts (p. 273)
    Primary Sources (p. 274)
    Secondary Sources (p. 282)
  Index (p. 293)

Description: »This book explores the important connections between medicine and political culture that often have been overlooked. In response to the French revolution and British radicalism, political propagandists adopted a scientific vocabulary and medical images for their own purposes. New ideas about anatomy and pathology, sexuality and reproduction, cleanliness and contamination, and diet and drink migrated into politics in often startling ways, and to significant effect. These ideas were used to identify individuals as normal or pathological, and as “naturally” suitable or unsuitable for public life. This migration has had profound consequences for how we measure the bodies, practices and abilities of public figures and ourselves.« (Source: University of California Press)


Andris, Jean. Lectures (January 18, 2016). – Full Text: (Free Access)

Clark, Anna. Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90(2) (Summer 2016): 337-338. – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Lawlor, Clark. Medical History 59(4) (October 2015): 635-637. – Full Text: Cambridge University Press (Restricted Access)

Spary, Emma. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society 107(2) (June 2016): 391-392. – Full Text: University of Chicago Press (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England, History of France