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Reconstructing the BodyClassicism, Modernism, and the First World War$
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Ana Carden-Coyne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546466.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Reconstructing the Body

Ana Carden‐Coyne

Oxford University Press

The story of the First World War is usually about suffering and traumatic memories. This introductory chapter sets out the main themes of the book, exploring the ways in which people recovered from war — and how ideals of beauty, sexual liberation, and human resilience supported social, medical, and cultural imagery that renewed faith in humanity. By rebuilding the body through the classical imaginary and the erotic expression of modern life, western civilization would be reconstructed.

Keywords:   the body, pain, beauty, disability, classical imaginary, modern eroticism, queer theory, interdisciplinarity, cultural history, visual culture

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