Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text

Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text

by Frances E. Mascia-Lees
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791410668

ISBN-13: 9780791410660

Pub. Date: 09/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Analyzes the power of culture to encode its messages on the human form.

Contemporary theory across a wide range of disciplines denaturalizes the body and reveals it to be a social construction. Cultural practices which deform, adorn, mutilate, and obliterate the body illustrate that it is an important site for the inscription of culture. The authors draw on

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Analyzes the power of culture to encode its messages on the human form.

Contemporary theory across a wide range of disciplines denaturalizes the body and reveals it to be a social construction. Cultural practices which deform, adorn, mutilate, and obliterate the body illustrate that it is an important site for the inscription of culture. The authors draw on cross currents in feminist theory, literary criticism, anthropology, and history to analyze several such cultural practices as examples of the power of culture to encode its messages on the human form.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791410660
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series, The Body in Culture, History, and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Soft-Tissue Modification and the Horror Within
Frances E. Mascia-Lees and Patricia Sharpe

2. The Greatest Story (N)Ever Told: The Spectacle of Recantation
Helena Michie

3. Cinematic Gifts: The Moral and Social Exchange of Bodies in Horror Films
Louise Krasniewicz

4. Olfactory Constitution of the Postmodern Body: Nature Challenged, Nature Adorned
Colleen Ballerino Cohen

5. Vandalized Vanity: Feminine Physiques Betrayed and Portrayed
Anne Bolin

6. As You Stand, So You Feel and Are: The Crying Body and the Nineteenth-Century Text
Robyn R. Warhol

7. Torture: A Discourse on Practice
Ñacuñán Sáez

8. The Marked and the Un(re)marked: Tattoo and Gender in Theory and Narrative
Frances E. Mascia-Lees and Patricia Sharpe

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