Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History

Pamela K. Gilbert

Cornell U. Press, 2019

In Victorian Skin, Gilbert uses literary, philosophical, medical, and scientific discourses about skin to trace the development of a broader discussion of what it meant to be human in the nineteenth century. Where is subjectivity located? How do we communicate with and understand each other’s feelings? How does our surface, which contains us and presents us to others, function and what does it signify?

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