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Iosifina Foskolou, Martin Jones, Claire Roddie, Sara Read, Tim Pedley, Carol Senf, Walter Bodmer, Rose George, Stuart Egginton, Marc Quinn
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  • Publication planned for: September 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009205498

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  • Blood is life, its complex composition is finely attuned to our vital needs and functions. Blood can also signify death, while 'bloody' is a curse. Arising from the 2021 Darwin College Lectures, this volume invites leading thinkers on the subject to explore the many meanings of blood across a diverse range of disciplines. Through the eyes of artist Marc Quinn, the paradoxical nature of blood plays with the notion of self. Through those of geneticist Walter Bodmer, it becomes a scientific reality: bloodlines and diaspora capture our notions of community. The transfer of blood between bodies, as Rose George relates, can save lives, or as we learn from Claire Roddie can cure cancer. Tim Pedley and Stuart Egginton explore the extraordinary complexity of blood as a critical biological fluid. Sarah Read examines the intimate connection between blood and womanhood, as Carol Senf does in her consideration of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.

    • Invites the reader to explore different aspects of identity through the theme of blood
    • Provides a unique history of the medical profession's changing engagement with blood
    • Explores many facets of the diverse relations between blood and womanhood
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009205498
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2022
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on Contributors
    Introduction Iosifina Foskolou and Martin Jones
    1. Battle Blood Claire Roddie
    2. Transitional Bleeding in Early Modern England Sara Read
    3. Blood in Motion, or The Physics of Blood Flow Tim Pedley
    4. 'Dracula', Blood, and the New Woman: Stoker's Reflections on the Zeitgeist Carol Senf
    5. Blood Lines of the British People Walter Bodmer
    6. Heroes and Villains of Blood Rose George
    7. Cold Blood: Some Ways by which Animals Cope with Low Temperatures Stuart Egginton
    8. Blood Sculptures Marc Quinn

  • Editors

    Iosifina Foskolou, University of Cambridge
    Iiosifina Foskolou is a cancer biologist with joint appointments in Amsterdam and Cambridge. She has authored numerous scientific journal articles and received research awards/grants in Oxford, Cambridge, and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. She is a strong advocate of women in science.

    Martin Jones, University of Cambridge
    Martin Jones is an archaeologist with an interest in food and diet. He is editor/co-editor of eight volumes, author of 150 scientific papers and four books. Among those books, Feast: Why Humans Share Food received the 2008 Food Book of the Year Award from the Guild of Food Writers.


    Iosifina Foskolou, Martin Jones, Claire Roddie, Sara Read, Tim Pedley, Carol Senf, Walter Bodmer, Rose George, Stuart Egginton, Marc Quinn

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