Art, Sex and Eugenics: Corpus Delecti

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Fae Brauer, Anthea Callen
Ashgate, 2008 - Art - 298 pages
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Exposing uncanny resemblances between eugenic sexual management and body imagery in France, Britain, Communist Russia, Nazi Germany and America well before and after the Second World War, this book reveals how art and sex promoted the eugenic quest for the perfect body. Ultimately the collection establishes that art inculcated sexual desire for procreative heterosexuality with the corpus delecti - the healthy, wholesome delectable body sanctioned by eugenics for genetically improving the Western race.

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Anthea Callen is professor of art in the School of Art at the Australian National University, Canberra, and professor emerita of visual studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her many books include "Art, Sex and Eugenics: Corpus Delecti" and "The Art of Impressionism: Painting Technique and the Making of Modernity".

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