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Prosthesis By David Wills

Prosthesis by David Wills

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This is an experiment in critical writing that both analyses and performs certain questions about the body as an artificial construction. The book deals with the mechanical (e.g., a mechanical prosthesis like an artificial leg) in that most humanistic of discourses, the artistic.

Prosthesis Summary

Prosthesis by David Wills

Prosthesis is an experiment in critical writing that both analyses and performs certain questions about the body as an artificial construction. The book deals with the mechanical (e.g., a mechanical prosthesis like an artificial leg) in that most humanistic of discourses, the artistic - in order to demonstrate how far a supposedly natural creation relies on artificial devices of various kinds. Cutting across the terrains occupied traditionally by the history of medicine, film studies, art history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, and fiction, its impeccable scholarship demonstrates the permeability of the frontiers that define academic regions and delimit a scholarship determined to ascertain, to describe and prescribe, to hold in check and dominate as fields of knowledge what are in fact fields of practice, intervention, and invention.

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Most critical efforts look not only humble and constrained beside this magnificent book, but also simply dull-dull in the sense that they have not realized (realized in the sense of 'understood' but also in the sense of 'actualized') the implication of the epistemological revolution that is casually referred to as the coming of 'theory.'-Ross Chambers, University of Michigan

Table of Contents

1. Hamilton, 1970; 2. Mentone, 1888; 3. Africa, 21st century; 4. Berchtesgaden, 1929; 5. Paris, 1976; 6. Rome, 1985; 7. Cambridge, 1553; 8. Menton, 1921; 9. Geneva, 1978; Notes; Works cited.

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NPB9780804724593
9780804724593
0804724598
Prosthesis by David Wills
New
Hardback
Stanford University Press
1995-09-01
364
N/A
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