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Skin On the Cultural Border Between Self and World

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ISBN-10: 0231125038

ISBN-13: 9780231125031

Edition: 2004

Authors: Claudia Benthien, Thomas Dunlap

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An examination of the changing significance of skin through analyses of literature, art, philosophy and anatomical drawings and writings. Myriad images from the Renaissance, anatomy books, and contemporary visual and performance art enhance the text.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Claudia Benthien is assistant professor of German at Humboldt-University, Berlin. She received the Tiburtius Prize from the Berlin senate for this work.

The depth of the surface : introduction
Boundary metaphors : skin in language
Penetrations : body boundaries and the production of knowledge in medicine and cultural practices
Flayings : exposure, torture, metamorphoses
Mirror of the soul : the epidermis as canvas
Mystification : the strangeness of the skin
Armored skin and birthmarks : the imagology of a gender difference
Different skin : skin colors in literature and the history of science
Blackness : skin color in African-American discourse
Hand and skin : anthropology and iconography of the cutaneous senses
Touchings : on the analogous nature of erotic, emotive, and "psychic" skin sensations
Teletactility : the skin in new media