Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present

Anatomy as Spectacle Public Exhibitions of the Body from to the Present From the eighteenth century to the present public exhibitions of human anatomy have proved popular with a wide range of audiences being marketed as both educational and entertaining In Anatomy as Sp

  • Title: Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from 1700 to the Present
  • Author: Elizabeth Stephens
  • ISBN: 9781846316449
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the eighteenth century to the present, public exhibitions of human anatomy have proved popular with a wide range of audiences, being marketed as both educational and entertaining In Anatomy as Spectacle, Elizabeth Stephens takes us on a tour of freak shows, anatomical Venuses, museums doubling as dubious sex clinics, and the recent Body Worlds display, tracing the faFrom the eighteenth century to the present, public exhibitions of human anatomy have proved popular with a wide range of audiences, being marketed as both educational and entertaining In Anatomy as Spectacle, Elizabeth Stephens takes us on a tour of freak shows, anatomical Venuses, museums doubling as dubious sex clinics, and the recent Body Worlds display, tracing the fascinating history of these exhibitions that gained popularity alongside the professionalization of medicine and rise of the popular spectacle Far from marginal, public exhibitions of the body have much to tell us about the history of popular culture and medicine, and Anatomy as Spectacle situates these displays as productive cultural spaces for the emergence of new ideas about bodily health.

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    1. This is a truly fantastic introduction to the visual culture of medicine in the mid to late 19th century. Although Stephens' book is quite short (just 150 or so pages) she touches on topics as distinct as anatomy museums, commercialization of medical knowledge, the relationship between "freak shows" and medical displays, and a lengthy analysis of the popular "Body Worlds" exhibit.I found the text easy to read and Stephens' explanations of theory clear and concise. I strongly recommend this book [...]

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