Fluid Matter(s): A Cross-cultural Examination of the Imagination of the Humoral Body

Natalie Caroline KÖHLE (Editor), Shigehisa Kuriyama (Editor)

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Abstract

Once upon a time, doctors across Eurasia imagined human beings in ways that strike us today as profoundly strange and alien. For over 2,000 years, they worried anxiously about fluids to which our modern doctors spare hardly a thought (such as sweat, phlegm and qi) and they obsessed over details (such as whether a person’s pores were open or closed) whose meaning and vital importance have now largely faded from memory. Through a series of case studies from Europe, India, China, Mongolia and Japan, Fluid Matter(s) suggests ways to make sense of this strange and dimly remembered past, and urges us to reflect anew on the significance of fluids and flows in the history of medicine.

The book also urges us, more generally, to reimagine the way in which we narrate history. The articles here are essays, in the original French sense. They are exploratory trials, experiments to illustrate some of the ways in which digital texts can go beyond the affordances of print. They test visual effects that are inconceivable on a paper page, but that are easily conjured on an electronic screen. Fluid Matter(s) is the first work of its kind: a study that narrates the body’s past in a form that embodies new futures for narrative.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAustralian National University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781760463878
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Publication series

NameAsian Studies Series Monograph 14
PublisherANU Press

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences(all)

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