Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement - Corporealities: Discourses Of Disability (Hardback)Suzannah Biernoff (author)
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Suzannah Biernoff draws on a wide variety of sources mainly from WWI but also contemporary photography and computer games. Each chapter revolves around particular images: Marine Wedding is discussed alongside Stuart Griffiths' portraits of British veterans; Henry Tonks' drawings of WWI facial casualties are compared to the medical photographs in the Gillies Archives; the production of portrait masks for the severely disfigured is approached through the lens of documentary film and photography; and finally the haunting image of one of Tonks's patients reappears in BioShock, a highly successful computer game. The book simultaneously addresses a neglected area in disability studies; puts disfigurement on the agenda for art history and visual studies; and makes a timely and provocative contribution to the literature on the First World War.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
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