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By William A. Cohen

What does it suggest to be human? British writers within the Victorian interval discovered a shocking resolution to this query. what's human, they found, is not anything kind of than the human physique itself. In literature of the interval, in addition to in medical writing and journalism, the inspiration of an inside human essence got here to be pointed out with the fabric lifestyles of the physique. The organs of sensory notion have been understood as an important routes of trade among the internal and the exterior worlds.

Anatomizing Victorian rules of the human, William A. Cohen considers the that means of sensory encounters in works by means of writers together with Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. instead of in regards to the physically external because the basic place during which identification categories—such as gender, sexuality, race, and disability—are expressed, he specializes in the inner adventure of sensation, wherein those politics become felt.

In those dependent engagements with literary works, cultural heritage, and important thought, Cohen advances a phenomenological method of embodiment, presenting that we stumble upon the area no longer via our minds or souls yet via our senses

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