The Body of Frankenstein's Monster

The Body of Frankenstein's Monster

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Frankenstein. Werewolves. Dracula. These images aren't just imaginary creatures -- they're also powerful symbols of the body. The body can be thought of as a machine made up of parts like Frankenstein's monster, or as a creature ruled by animalistic urges, or as an entity that's vulnerable to infection from a diseased fiend. In qThe Body of Frankenstein's Monster, q Cecil Helman, M.D., expands our view of our bodies by exploring its cultural and artistic representations.A small, sighing man with asore stomach, and an ominous zigzag chart, like a range ofhigh mountain peaks, pinnedto thefoot ofhis bed. ... a#39;The female organ of copulationa#39; a€” itsaysa€” is a#39;a fibromuscular tube lined with stratified epithelium. ... They seem to show grey woodcuts of the necks and facesof quite ordinary men. ... that you see in the faces of the girls and the sailors in those smeared photographs, the ones with their limbs intertwined in a complex Cabbala of flesh and tattoo.

Title:The Body of Frankenstein's Monster
Author:Cecil Helman
Publisher:Cosimo, Inc. - 2004


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