ISBN: 9781869145323 / 1869145453 - Notes from the Body: Health, Illness, Trauma by Duncan Brown, Kobus Moolman & Nkosinathi Sithole [2023]
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ISBN: 9781869145323 / 1869145453 - Notes from the Body: Health, Illness, Trauma by Duncan Brown, Kobus Moolman & Nkosinathi Sithole. Published by UKZN Press, 2023. Softcover. New. 272 pp.

This book was conceptualised prior to the global reckoning with ‘this mortal body’ unleashed by the Covid pandemic. It is an attempt to (re)turn attention to the body as that through which so much of our humanness is experienced, mediated, enjoyed, suffered, understood and expressed. But Covid forcibly returned us to the body in ways that none of us could ever have imagined. Perhaps Notes from the Body could not be more timely.

The variety of possible bodies for which the contributors seek a voice reminds us of the multiple ways in which we may be human. Through various creative forms, the pieces in this volume present the body as, among other things: sick, violated, racialised, healed, performing, ageing, (multiply) gendered, spiritual, abused, ‘disabled’, broken, sexual, animalised, medical, controlled, interrupted, failing, rejected and abject.

Several themes recur: humanisation and dehumanisation; the loss or recovery of agency; dignity and humiliation; violation of the bounds of self; the integrity or wholeness of the body; the body’s betrayal; and mourning or celebrating the body.

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