top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Click on image to enlarge

Elizabeth Klaver - Author
SUNY series in Postmodern Culture
Price: $73.50 
Hardcover - 192 pages
Release Date: April 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6425-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6425-0

Quantity:  
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 192 pages
Release Date: April 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6426-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6426-7

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.

In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Elizabeth Klaver considers how autopsies are performed in a variety of contexts, from the "real" thing in hospitals and county morgues to various depictions in paintings, novels, plays, films, and television shows. Autopsies can serve a variety of pedagogical, legal, scientific, and social functions, and the autopsied cadaver, Klaver shows, has lately become one of the most spectacular bodies offered up to the public on film, television, and the Internet. Setting her discussion within the history of the modern autopsy, and including the narrative of her own attendance at a medical autopsy, Klaver makes the autopsy readable in a number of diverse venues, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture and Vesalius's Fabrica to The Silence of the Lambs, The X-Files, and CSI. Moving from the actual autopsy itself to its broader symbolic ramifications, Klaver addresses questions as disparate as the social constructedness of the body, the perception and treatment of death under late capitalism, and the ubiquity of paranoia in contemporary culture.

"Combining lyricism, scholarship, and wit, Klaver negotiates the performative intricacies of 'cutting up' and 'seeing with one's eyes' involved in the multiple gazes of the autopsy." — Caroline Joan S. Picart, author of Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film: Between Laughter and Horror

"The autopsy is a strangely compelling site of social practice, and this book uses it to raise and consider a number of questions that are being hotly debated in cultural theory." — Steven Shaviro, author of Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Network Society

Elizabeth Klaver is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University. She is the editor of Images of the Corpse: From the Renaissance to Cyberspace and the author of Performing Television: Contemporary Drama and the Media Culture.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Autopsy: A Context

2. Performance, Autopsy, and the Performative

3. Autopsy and the Subject; or, What the Dead Saw

4. Autopsy and the Social: The Case of John F. Kennedy

5. Autopsy and the Popular

Afterword

Notes

Works Cited

Index



Related Subjects
43835/43836(JP/MS/SP)

Related Titles

Spectacle Pedagogy
Spectacle Pedagogy
Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries
Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries
Sex, Paranoia, and Modern Masculinity
Sex, Paranoia, and Modern Masculinity
The Myth of Mondragon
The Myth of Mondragon
From Ballroom to DanceSport
From Ballroom to DanceSport
Sin, Sex, and Democracy
Sin, Sex, and Democracy
The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies
The Lives, Loves, and Art of Arthur B. Davies
Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France
Village Notables in Nineteenth-Century France
Radical Relevance
Radical Relevance
When Poetry Ruled the Streets
When Poetry Ruled the Streets



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg