Karen Harvey

Karen Harvey

Karen Harvey is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Birmingham. She works on women, gender, the body and sexuality in the eighteenth century. Her most recent book is The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England (OUP, 2020).

Interviews with Karen Harvey

The best books on The Body, recommended by Karen Harvey

We assume that many of our bodily functions—sleeping and smiling, for example—are ‘natural’ and culturally invariant. But their characteristics and expression are heavily influenced by their cultural milieu. Professor Karen Harvey explains how attitudes to the body in the 18th century were radically rethought in the light of changing scientific and cultural views of its nature and function.

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