The Anatomy Museum
Death and the Body Displayed
By (author) Elizabeth Hallam
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Anatomy Museum by Elizabeth Hallam
Book DescriptionThe display of dead bodies is not a practice confined to morgues and funeral homes. Anatomy museums around the world showcase preserved corpses in service of education and medical advancement, but they are little-known and have been largely hidden from the public eye. In this book, Elizabeth Hallam investigates the anatomy museum and how it reveals the fascination and fears that surround the dead body in Western societies. Hallam explores the history of these museums and how they operate in the current cultural environment. Their regulated access increasingly clashes with evolving public mores regarding the taboos surrounding the exposed body, as demonstrated by the internationally popularity of the Body Worlds exhibition. This book examines such related topics as artistic works that employ the images of dead bodies and body parts and the larger ongoing debate over the disposal of corpses. Issues such as aesthetics and science, organ and body donations for medicine and public education, and the dead body in Western religion and ritual are also discussed here in fascinating depth. "Anatomy Museum" provides a cultural and historical perspective on the controversial and emotive practices that render the dead body visible in contemporary Western societies. Moreover, it dares to investigate the techniques of preservation, display and visual representation that hold the dead within the social and cultural spaces of the living.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861893758
(220mm x 150mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 25-May-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth Hallam
Making and Growing, Hardback (March 2014)
Making and Growing brings together the latest work in the fields of anthropology and material culture studies to explore the differences - and the relation - between making things and growing things, and between things that are made and things that grow. Though the former are often regarded as artefacts and the latter as organisms.
Creativity and Cultural Improvisation, Paperback (April 2008)
Explores the ways creative agency is attributed in the graphic and performing arts and in intellectual property law. The book shows how the sources of creativity are embedded in social, political and religious institutions, and also examines the relation between creativity and the perception and passage of time.
Death, Memory and Material Culture, Paperback (December 2001)» View all books by Elizabeth Hallam
This text examines the meaning of material culture in relation to memory and death, from personal mementos through to public memorials. It asks why material objects commemorating the dead, in conjunction with their embedded social practices, have rarely been subjected to sustained analysis.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Hallam
Elizabeth Hallam is Director of Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen. Her books include the co-authored Beyond the Body: Death and Social Identity (1999) and Death, Memory and Material Culture (2001).
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