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BODY CRITICISM: Imaging the Unseen in Enlightenment Art and Medicine

Stafford, Barbara Marie

Published by MIT Press, Cambridge, 1993
ISBN 10: 0262691655 / ISBN 13: 9780262691659
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Title: BODY CRITICISM: Imaging the Unseen in ...

Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Paperback

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4to. Glossy illustrated wrappers, with French flaps. 587 pages, with Selected Bibliography and Index. Illustrated. No names or marks. A crisp, as new copy. Due to size and weight, international shipping at cost. Bookseller Inventory # 2754

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In this erudite and profusely illustrated history of perception, Barbara Stafford explores a remarkable set of body metaphors deriving from both aesthetic and medical practices that were developed during the enlightenment for making visible the unseeable aspects of the world. While she focuses on these metaphors as a reflection of the changing attitudes toward the human body during the period of birth of the modern world, she also presents a strong argument for our need to recognize the occurrence of a profound revolution -- a radical shift from a textbased to a visually centered culture. Stafford agues, in fact, that modern societies need to develop innovative, nonlinguistic paradigms and to train a broad public in visual aptitude.Barbara Maria Stafford is Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.

About the Author: Barbara Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Good Looking, Artful Science, Body Criticism, and Voyage into Substance (all published by MIT Press).

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