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Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies By Peter J. Capuano (Editor), Sue Zemka (Editor) Cover Image

Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies (Hardcover)

By Peter J. Capuano (Editor), Sue Zemka (Editor)

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Until recently, the embodied hand has paradoxically escaped the notice of nineteenth-century cultural and literary historians precisely because of its centrality. The essays in Peter J. Capuano and Sue Zemka’s new collection, Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies, join an emerging body of work that seeks to remedy this. Casting new light on an array of well-known authors—Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, William Morris, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde—the volume explores the role of the hand as a nexus between culture and physical embodiment. The contributors to this volume address a wide range of manual topics and concerns, including those related to religion, medicine, science, industry, paranormal states, language, digital humanities, law, photography, disability, and art history. Examining hands, language, materiality, and agency, these contributors employ their expertise as Victorianists in order to understand what hands have to tell us about the cultural preoccupations of the nineteenth century and how the unique conditions of Britain at the time shaped the modern emergence of our cultural relationship with our hands.

James Eli Adams, Karen Bourrier, Aviva Briefel, Peter J. Capuano, Jonathan Cheng, Kate Flint, Pamela K. Gilbert, Tamara Ketabgian, J. Hillis Miller, Deborah Denenholz Morse, Daniel A. Novak, Julianne Smith, Herbert F. Tucker, and Sue Zemka
Peter J. Capuano is Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body.
Sue Zemka is Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society.
Product Details ISBN: 9780814214398
ISBN-10: 0814214398
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2020
Pages: 310
Language: English
“This collection is as much a call to action on what scholarship is or can be as it is a specific treatment of hands . . . itself an experiment in how many approaches to a topic can meet in a single collection . . . Victorian Hands adds yet another join to the hand as tool; it provides a new model for how to manufacture work across a broad scholarly community.” —Tobias Wilson-Bates, Victorian Studies