Head,Shoulders,Knees, and Toes:A History of the Modern Body(1800-1950) - HI7003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 30 (15) DR S Taylor checkmark-circle


This module examines the cultural, social, medical and scientific understanding of the modern body. The nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century saw a reconceptualization of the body, through technology, environments, conflict, the economy and the cultural construction of the body in relation to the wider world. The course makes it clear that the body is not neutral, and provides a way to explore wider concepts relating to biology, relationships, and experience.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 270
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (3,000 words) 30%
Essay 2 (3,000 words) 30%
Seminar Participation 20%
Take Home Assignment (2,500 words) 20%

Indicative reading

Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Managing the body: beauty, health and fitness in Britain, 1880-1939, Oxford: OUP, 2010.
Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut, The body reader, New York: NY University Press, 2010.
Ivan Crozier, (ed.), A cultural history of the human body in the modern age, London: Bloomsbury 2010.
Michael Sappol and Stephen R Price, A Cultural History of the Modern Body in the Age of Empire, London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
Roderick Floud et al, The Changing Body, Cambridge: CUP, 2011.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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