Anatomy as spectacle: Public exhibitions of the body from 1700 to the present

Stephens, Elizabeth Anatomy as spectacle: Public exhibitions of the body from 1700 to the present. Liverpool, United Kingdom: Liverpool University Press, 2011.

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Author Stephens, Elizabeth
Title Anatomy as spectacle: Public exhibitions of the body from 1700 to the present
Place of Publication Liverpool, United Kingdom
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Publication year 2011
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 5
Series Representations: Health, Disability, Culture and Society
ISBN 9781846316449
1846316448
Language eng
Total number of pages 163
Collection year 2012
Abstract/Summary This book examines public exhibitions of human anatomy from their first appearance in the early 1700s to the present day. While public anatomical exhibitions might seem to occupy a marginal position in the histories of popular culture and of medicine, their distinctive intermixing of the medical and spectacular has made them an influential and intensely productive cultural space, an important site for the popularisation for new ideas about bodily health and care. This book traces the influential role of such exhibitions in popularising a distinctly modern idea of the body as something requiring constant work and careful self-cultivation—an idea which continues to shape the contemporary fascination with practices and possibilities of self-improvement. [Book summary from publisher]
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Created: Wed, 26 Oct 2011, 12:25:29 EST by Dr Elizabeth Stephens on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses