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Author Klaver, Elizabeth.

Title Sites of autopsy in contemporary culture / Elizabeth Klaver
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 180 pages) : illustrations
Series SUNY series in postmodern culture
SUNY series in postmodern culture.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Autopsy : a context -- 2. Performance, autopsy, and the performative -- 3. Autopsy and the subject, or, what the dead saw -- 4. Autopsy and the social : the case of John F. Kennedy
Summary "In this 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 Lecture 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." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Autopsy -- History.
Autopsy -- Social aspects.
Attitude to Death.
Communications Media.
Medicine in the Arts.
Social Environment.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004009642
ISBN 0791464253 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0791464261 (paperback; alk. paper)
1423744101 (electronic bk.)
9780791464250 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780791464267 (paperback; alk. paper)
9781423744108 (electronic bk.)