Life embodied : the promise of vital force in Spanish modernity / Nicolás Fernández-Medina
- Fernández-Medina, Nicolás
- Additional Titles:
- Promise of vital force in Spanish modernity
- Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xxxv, 377 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm.
- The heart of the matter : remapping the body economy in Juan de Cabriada's Philosophical medico-chemical letter -- Cartesianism and its discontents : Marcelino Boix y Moliner, Martín Martínez, and Diego de Torres Villarroel -- Vitalizing the medical revolution in Spain; or, How Sebastián Miguel Guerrero Herreros and Ignacio María Ruiz de Luzuriaga theorized life, death, and everything in between -- The subjective self and the sublimity of nature's vital force in Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos -- Pursuing the modern at the end of an age : positivist materialism and the Krausist ideal in Pedro Mata y Fontanet and Julián Sanz del Río -- Degeneration, regeneration, corporealization : what the lived body can do according to Miguel de Unamuno, Pío Baroja, and Ramón Gómez de la Serna.
- "Vital force, or the immanent energy that promotes the processes of life in the body and in nature, has always proved a source of endless fascination and controversy. Indeed, the question of what vitalizes the body has haunted humanity since antiquity. Yet, with the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century and its profound impact on notions of life and body, the question of vital force became more formidable and pressing. Exposing the complexities of theorizing vital force in Spanish modernity, Nicolás Fernández-Medina's Life Embodied offers a novel and provocative assessment of the question of bodily life in Spain. Starting with Juan de Cabriada's landmark Carta filosofica, medico-chymica of 1687 and ending with Ramón Gómez de la Serna's avant-gardism of the 1910s, Fernández-Medina incorporates discussions of anatomy, philosophy, science, critical theory, history of medicine, and literary studies to argue that concepts of vital force served as powerful vehicles in Spain to interrogate the possibilities and limits of corporeality. Paying close attention to how the body's wondrous vital capabilities were conceived and strategically woven into critiques of modernity, Fernández-Medina engages the work of Miguel Boix y Moliner, Martín Martínez, Diego de Torres Villarroel, Sebastián Guerrero Herreros, Ignacio María Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Pedro Mata y Fontanet, Ángela Grassi, Julián Sanz del Río, Miguel de Unamuno, and Pío Baroja, among others. Drawing on extensive research and analysis of the literature, Life Embodied breaks new ground as the first book to address the question of vital force in Spanish modernity."--
- 9780773553378 paperback
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-338) and index.
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