Body criticism : imaging the unseen in Enlightenment art and medicine (Book, 1991) [Union University]
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Body criticism : imaging the unseen in Enlightenment art and medicine

Body criticism : imaging the unseen in Enlightenment art and medicine

Author: Barbara Maria Stafford; Miriam Ahmed
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A celebration of visual culture as well as a contribution to the history of the human body. It aims to explore the strategies developed in the 18th century for making visible the unseeable aspects of the world. In the process it uncovers and analyzes a set of body metaphors.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Maria Stafford; Miriam Ahmed
ISBN: 0262193043 9780262193047 0262691655 9780262691659
OCLC Number: 22734817
Description: xxi, 587 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction: the visualization of knowledge. Somatic metaphors --
Antinomies --
Hunting for method --
Surface or depth --
Picture and text. 1. Dissecting. Searching operations --
Physiognomics, or corporeal connoisseurship --
The calculation of incongruity --
Pathognomics, or the pursuit of looks. 2. Abstracting. Systems of epitomization --
Wounds of experience --
Distracting styles of pain --
Patterns of interiority. 3. Conceiving. Barbarisms, or strangeness incarnate --
"Brain-born images" --
Breeding for difference --
Grotesques, or ars combinatoria. 4. Marking. Contagious pointillism --
Stains of desire --
"Like a shadow on the skin" --
Romantic misfits. 5. Magnifying. Microscope seers --
Visual quackery --
Dream projections --
Free to be false. 6. Sensing. A finer touch --
Mental meteorology --
Fluid phantoms --
Communicate feelings. Conclusion: the aesthetics of almost.
Responsibility: Barbara Maria Stafford.

Abstract:

A celebration of visual culture as well as a contribution to the history of the human body. It aims to explore the strategies developed in the 18th century for making visible the unseeable aspects of the world. In the process it uncovers and analyzes a set of body metaphors.
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