Picturing Health and Illness: Images of Identity & Difference

Picturing Health and Illness: Images of Identity & Difference

by Sander L. Gilman, Gilman
     
 
Ours is a culture riddled with preoccupations about health and disease. In this timely study Sander Gilman demonstrates how images of beauty and ugliness have constructed a visual history which records the artificial boundaries that continue to divide 'healthy' bodies from ones that are ill. He shows how cultural fantasies of health and illness have come to be

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Ours is a culture riddled with preoccupations about health and disease. In this timely study Sander Gilman demonstrates how images of beauty and ugliness have constructed a visual history which records the artificial boundaries that continue to divide 'healthy' bodies from ones that are ill. He shows how cultural fantasies of health and illness have come to be identified and defined by means of visual, aesthetic criteria - for the healthy is now seen as beautiful and the ill as ugly.

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A study of visual sources, from 19th-century textbook illustrations to recent government AIDS posters, which finds that the history of our perception of the "beautiful body" is charged with anxieties about contagion and ugliness. It's also entangled with political implications brought about by our interpretation of race as a medical category, says Gilman (liberal arts and human biology, U. of Chicago). A history both of medicine and of the aestheticization of the body. Many b&w illustrations. Originally published in Great Britain by Reaktion Books as Health and Illness: Images of Difference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801851971
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1965
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.79(d)

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