Books by Sander L. Gilman

Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A sharp contribution to a significant topic that continues to generate heated discussion and debate."
A tour d'horizon of the historical relationship among race, racism, and mental illness. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1999

"A scholarly, if quirky, look that serves as a history of our notions about the body and the significance of its parts."
From rebuilding syphilis-ravaged noses in the 1600s to the current rage for breast sculpting, this is an enlightening consideration of how aesthetic surgery arises from and is shaped by cultural concerns of the age. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, this volume is surprisingly dry, given the loaded subject matter, and will be of interest primarily to specialists."
Gilman (Franz Kafka: The Jewish Patient, 1995, etc.; Liberal Arts/Univ. of Chicago), who has previously written about physical stereotypes of Jews, turns his attention to the seemingly positive stereotyping of Jews as highly intelligent. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"Excellent, often engrossing as cultural history; disappointing as literary criticism. (illustrations)"
A fine-grained, scholarly exhumation of the buried cultural and especially medical lore that helped shape Kafka's conflicted self-understanding as a Jew in turn-of-the-century Austria and Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >