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The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Paperback): Georges Vigarello The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Paperback)
Georges Vigarello; Translated by C. Jon Delogu
R571 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R111 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today those who struggle to lose weight are considered poor in character and weak in mind. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type. Vigarello begins with the medieval artists and intellectuals who treated heavy bodies as symbols of force and prosperity. He then follows the shift during the Renaissance and early modern period to courtly, medical, and religious codes that increasingly favored moderation and discouraged excess. Scientific advances in the eighteenth century also brought greater knowledge of food and the body's processes, recasting fatness as the "relaxed" antithesis of health. The body-as-mechanism metaphor intensified in the early nineteenth century, with the chemistry revolution and heightened attention to food-as-fuel, which turned the body into a kind of furnace or engine. During this period, social attitudes toward fat became conflicted, with the bourgeois male belly operating as a sign of prestige but also as a symbol of greed and exploitation, while the overweight female was admired only if she was working class. Vigarello concludes with the fitness and body-conscious movements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of personal confessions about obesity, which tied fat more closely to notions of personality, politics, taste, and class.

The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Hardcover): Georges Vigarello The Metamorphoses of Fat - A History of Obesity (Hardcover)
Georges Vigarello; Translated by C. Jon Delogu
R779 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R132 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the world's top historians of the body, Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to today, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today those who struggle to lose weight are considered poor in character and weak in mind. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type. Vigarello begins with the medieval artists and intellectuals who treated heavy bodies as symbols of force and prosperity. He then follows the shift during the Renaissance and early modern period to courtly, medical, and religious codes that increasingly favored moderation and discouraged excess. Scientific advances in the eighteenth century also brought greater knowledge of food and the body's processes, recasting fatness as the relaxed antithesis of health.The body-as-mechanism metaphor intensified in the early-nineteenth century, with the chemistry revolution and heightened attention to food-as-fuel, which turned the body into a kind of furnace or engine. During this period, social attitudes toward fat became conflicted, with the bourgeois male belly operating as a sign of prestige but also as a symbol of greed and exploitation, while the overweight female was admired only if she was working class. Vigarello concludes with the fitness and body conscious movements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of personal confessions about obesity, which cemented the social implications of personal behavior and tied fat more closely to notions of personality, politics, taste, and class.

A History of Virility (Paperback): Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello A History of Virility (Paperback)
Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello; Translated by Keith Cohen
R705 R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Save R78 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has the meaning of manhood changed over time? A History of Virility proposes a series of answers to this question by describing a trajectory that begins with ancient conceptions of male domination and privilege and examining how it persisted, with significant alterations, for centuries. While the mainstream of virility was challenged during the Enlightenment, its preeminence was restored by social forms of male bonding in the nineteenth century. Pacifist, feminist, and gay rights movements chipped away at models and codes of virility during the next hundred years, leading to the twentieth century's disclosing of a "virility on edge," or virility as an unstable entity dispossessed of any automatic claim to power. These original essays, written by an international group of scholars including Arlette Farge, Jean-Paul Bertaud, Christelle Taraud, and Fabrice Virgili, add an intriguing sociohistorical dimension to our understanding of the evolution of virility. Unsettling received notions of political and cultural critique, these authors consider painting, sculpture, literature, film, and philosophy to expand our knowledge of fascism, nationalism, liberalism, classicism, and colonialism.

A History of Virility (Hardcover): Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello A History of Virility (Hardcover)
Alain Corbin, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Georges Vigarello; Translated by Keith Cohen
R1,146 R966 Discovery Miles 9 660 Save R180 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has the meaning of manhood changed over time? A History of Virility proposes a series of answers to this question by describing a trajectory that begins with ancient conceptions of male domination and privilege and examining how it persisted, with significant alterations, for centuries. While the mainstream of virility was challenged during the Enlightenment, its preeminence was restored by social forms of male bonding in the nineteenth century. Pacifist, feminist, and gay rights movements chipped away at models and codes of virility during the next hundred years, leading to the twentieth century's disclosing of a "virility on edge," or virility as an unstable entity dispossessed of any automatic claim to power. These original essays, written by an international group of scholars including Arlette Farge, Jean-Paul Bertaud, Christelle Taraud, and Fabrice Virgili, add an intriguing sociohistorical dimension to our understanding of the evolution of virility. Unsettling received notions of political and cultural critique, these authors consider painting, sculpture, literature, film, and philosophy to expand our knowledge of fascism, nationalism, liberalism, classicism, and colonialism.

A History of Rape - Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century (Paperback): Georges Vigarello A History of Rape - Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century (Paperback)
Georges Vigarello
R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This important new book, by one of the leading social historians in France today, analyses the changing meaning of rape through numerous case studies across the centuries.


The book begins with a history of the relative tolerance of sexual violence in early modern France, and the tendency to condemn the victims by enveloping them in the shame of the act. It then traces the changing legal attitudes to sexual violence at the end of the eighteenth century, and the slow recognition of the role of moral violence in rape in the nineteenth century. Vigarello also stresses the importance of the new medical jurisprudence and the introduction of forensic psychiatry into the courtroom.


But despite the increased number of convictions in the nineteenth century, it was only after the campaigns conducted by feminists in the twentieth century that the true gravity of rape as a crime against women's integrity was fully recognized. As a result, acts of sexual violence are no longer assessed in terms of the risk of debauchery, but in terms of the risk of 'psychic murder' and inner damage.


"A History of Rape" is a valuable resource for students and scholars of social history, and anyone interested in changing attitudes to sexuality and sexual violence

A History of Rape - Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century (Hardcover): Georges Vigarello A History of Rape - Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century (Hardcover)
Georges Vigarello
R1,523 R1,387 Discovery Miles 13 870 Save R136 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This important new book, by one of the leading social historians in France today, analyses the changing meaning of rape through numerous case studies across the centuries.


The book begins with a history of the relative tolerance of sexual violence in early modern France, and the tendency to condemn the victims by enveloping them in the shame of the act. It then traces the changing legal attitudes to sexual violence at the end of the eighteenth century, and the slow recognition of the role of moral violence in rape in the nineteenth century. Vigarello also stresses the importance of the new medical jurisprudence and the introduction of forensic psychiatry into the courtroom.


But despite the increased number of convictions in the nineteenth century, it was only after the campaigns conducted by feminists in the twentieth century that the true gravity of rape as a crime against women's integrity was fully recognized. As a result, acts of sexual violence are no longer assessed in terms of the risk of debauchery, but in terms of the risk of 'psychic murder' and inner damage.


"A History of Rape" is a valuable resource for students and scholars of social history, and anyone interested in changing attitudes to sexuality and sexual violence

Histoire Du Viol (Xvie-Xxe Si'cle) (Paperback): Georges Vigarello Histoire Du Viol (Xvie-Xxe Si'cle) (Paperback)
Georges Vigarello
R550 R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Save R108 (20%) Out of stock
The Silhouette - From the 18th Century to the Present Day (Hardcover): Georges Vigarello The Silhouette - From the 18th Century to the Present Day (Hardcover)
Georges Vigarello; Translated by Augusta Doerr 1
R1,014 R903 Discovery Miles 9 030 Save R111 (11%) Out of stock

From bone-crushing corsets to modern 'slimming' creams, our preoccupation with the silhouette has shaped centuries of fashion and culture. The contours of the body can convey everything from physical health and beauty to social class - and both men and women have long sought to mold and reshape them, often with alarming and even dangerous results. Tracing the history of the silhouette from its birth in 18th century portrait sketches, this engrossing book takes the reader on a journey through 250 years of a cultural obsession. From Hogarth's 'line of beauty' to the advent of nude photography, from the crinoline to the Dior suit and the early bathing costume, The Silhouette reveals how the shape of the body has become an eloquent symbol of status, sexuality and the aspirational quest for physical and moral 'perfection'. Drawing on numerous textual and visual resources, leading scholar Georges Vigarello anatomizes a fixation with the human form which has shaped not just our bodies but our very identities. With over 120 color images, The Silhouette is a remarkable resource for scholars, students and fashion-lovers alike.

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