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Talking Bodies Vol. II

Bodily Languages, Selfhood and Transgression

  • Bodie A. Ashton
  • Amy Bonsall
  • Jonathan Hay
  • Follows from the success of the first volume of Talking Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Embodiment, Gender and Identity (London: Palgrave, 2017)

  • Addresses key issues that preoccupy modern society, while at the same time introducing nuance and diversity to broaden our understanding

  • Challenges narratives that have all too often been reduced to a simplistic dualism: body and soul, man and woman, able and disabled, gay and straight, healthy and unhealthy

Palgrave Macmillan

About this book


This volume brings together scholars from across disciplines and continents in order to continue to analyse, query, and deconstruct the complexities of bodily existence in the modern world. Comprising nine essays by leading and emerging scholars, and spanning issues ranging from literature, history, sociology, medicine, law and justice and beyond, Talking Bodies vol. II is a timely and prescient addition to the vital discussion of what bodies are, how we perceive them, and what they mean. As the essays of this volume demonstrate, it is imperative to question numerous established presumptions about both the manner by which our bodies perform their identities, and the processes by which their ownership can be impinged upon.


Sexuality Gender Bodies Identity Selfhood Embodiment

Editors and affiliations

  • Bodie A. Ashton
    • 1
  • Amy Bonsall
    • 2
  • Jonathan Hay
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PassauPassauGermany
  2. 2.ChesterUK
  3. 3.NorthwichUK

About the editors

Bodie A. Ashton is a historian, lecturer and researcher in the Faculty of Law at the Universität Passau in southern Bavaria, Germany. He is the author of The Kingdom of Württemberg and the Making of Germany, 1815-1871 (2017).

Amy Bonsall is a theatre director and academic. She is co-artistic director of Bilimankhwe, an intercultural theatre company, and a researcher at the University of Manchester's Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub. She is the founder and director of The Women in Academia Support Network #WIASN.

Jonathan Hay is completing a PhD at the University of Chester, UK. Their work has been published in a number of academic journals. Jonathan has presented conference papers internationally, and was shortlisted for the University of Cambridge’s Jane Martin Poetry Prize in 2017.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Talking Bodies Vol. II
  • Book Subtitle Bodily Languages, Selfhood and Transgression
  • Editors Bodie A. Ashton
    Amy Bonsall
    Jonathan Hay
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36993-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36996-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36994-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Theory
    Culture and Gender
    Sociology of the Body


“Talking Bodies Vol. II addresses timely topics, which have not yet received much scholarly attention, and employs a range of methodologies and critical approaches.  Covering subject areas which include legal studies, cultural studies approach to medicine, literary studies, history, sociology and gender studies, Talking Bodies Vol. II emphasizes the continued importance of these discussions in relation to the lived experienced of people in contemporary society.” (Dr Niall Richardson, University of Sussex, UK)

“In its dazzling polyphony, Talking Bodies Vol. II stages a significant interdisciplinary intervention into current debates around identity and embodiment.” (Professor Emma Rees, Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester, UK)