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Authors:Karin Johannisson: Uppsala universitet, Sweden
Publication title:Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena
Conference:Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:040
Article No.:003
Abstract:My focus; within a broader field of the history of emotions and the history of the senses; is on through what bodily strata; and what signs and symptoms modernity was (and is) literally embodied. Defining “modernity” I am following Marshall Berman’s definition: a kind of vital experience - “of space and time; of me and the other; of the possibilities and threats of life” – displaying itself at different points in time; but mostly with reference to the turn of the century 1900.

The aim is to show how intensified social change; on a collective and individual level (i.e. to the elite and bourgeoisie) is deeply related to embodiment. A new body was appearing; characterized by painfully sensitive senses. This modern; and hastily modernized body; was thus highly sensibilized; even “agonized” and phobic; demonstrating a broad spectrum of nervous and burn-out symptoms. Not only perceptions but the senses themselves; like emotions; are culturally flexible; illustrating a transgressive; versatile body.

Language:Swedish
Year:2009
No. of pages:5
Pages:19-23
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/040/003/ecp0904003.pdf
Available:2009-10-26
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Karin Johannisson (2009). Modernitet in på kroppen eller: kropp; känslor; sinnen som social arena, Kultur~Natur: Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige; Conference in Sweden 15–17 June 2009 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=040;article=003 (accessed 10/31/2014)