Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture (Suny Series in Postmodern Culture) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture (Suny Series in Postmodern Culture)

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Overview

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 Lesson 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791483428
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 439 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

1 Autopsy : a context 9
2 Performance, autopsy, and the performative 37
3 Autopsy and the subject, or, what the dead saw 71
4 Autopsy and the social : the case of John F. Kennedy 103
5 Autopsy and the popular 129
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