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Human Remains: Medicine, Death, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Jonathan Strauss


The living and the dead cohabited Paris until the late eighteenth century, when, in the name of public health, measures were taken to drive the deceased from the city. Cemeteries were removed from urban space, and corpses began to be viewed as terrifyingly noxious substances. The dead had fallen victim to a sustained new reflection on the notions of life and death that emerged from the two new medical fields of biology and hygiene. In large part, the Paris of the nineteenth century, the Paris of modernity, arose, both theoretically and physically, out of this concern over the relations between ... More

Keywords: medical history, urbanism, Paris, death, life, abjection, hygiene, corpse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233793
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Strauss, author
Department of French, Miami University