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Emotional BodiesThe Historical Performativity of Emotions$
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Dolores Martín-Moruno and Beatriz Pichel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042898

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042898.001.0001

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Locating Cancer

Locating Cancer

Body Image and Emotions from a Psychosomatic Perspective(1950–1959)

(p.53) 3. Locating Cancer
Emotional Bodies

Pilar León-Sanz

University of Illinois Press

This essay focuses on studies developed in the field of psychosomatic medicine that connected cancer with patients’ body image and fantasies (1950-1959). At this time, cancer began to acquire more medical and social visibility, and psychosomatic studies pointed to connections between cancer and emotional and personality factors. The chapter shows that scientists such as Seymour Fisher or Sidney E. Cleveland established that there are many aspects of the individual’s body that acquire psychological significance. The analysis also suggests that the body-image variations between individuals depended on the cancer localization, as well as differences in personality. By looking at these sources, this chapter argues that emotions and bodily fantasies became performative forces in the field of psychosomatic medicine.

Keywords:   Emotional Bodies, American Psychosomatic Medicine, Body-Image, Cancer, Emotional Performativity, History of Medicine, Body Reactivity

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