Images of the Corpse: From the Renaissance to Cyberspace

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Elizabeth Klaver
Popular Press, 2004 - Art - 238 pages
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This compelling book brings together physicians, artists, and scholars of film, literature, philosophy, art, and politics to discuss the representation of the corpse in Western culture. Spanning a timeline from the Renaissance to the present, these essays introduce readers to a modern autopsy, a public execution and dissection in seventeenth-century England, the genre of postmortem photography, the corpse as artist’s model, images of dead women in such popular films as Copycat and The Silence of the Lambs, and post-mortem scenes in the works of Flaubert, Balzac, Andres Serrano, and others.

 

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Contents

EUGENE A ARNOLD
3
The Art of Making Visible
16
Blood and Circuses
39
Representation of the Dead Body in Literature and Medical
63
Death and the Dead
88
Watching Over the Wounded Eyes of Georges Bataille
113
Gerhard Richter in the Wake of the Vanguard
133
Digital Anatomy and the Precession
169
Death as Differend
186
Dead or Alive
206
Contributors
229
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About the author (2004)

Elizabeth Klaver is associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University and author of Performing Television: Contemporary Drama and the Media Culture.

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