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The Book of Skin free pdf "The Book of Skin" explores the amazingly elaborate and varied functions, roles and meanings of human skin within Western culture. Skin, Steven Connor argues, has never been more visible. He examines a wide range of sources, including literature, non-fiction and medical texts- art, photography and film- folklore, popular song and language. The book covers all aspects of skin's cultural history, including the chromatics of skin colour and pigmentation, blushing, suntanning, paleness, darkening, tattooing, scarification, the Turin shroud, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the destructive rage exercised against skin in all kinds of violent fantasies, and the intensities and attenuations of touch. Moving from the human body itself to photography and the cinema screen, and from medieval leprosy, Renaissance flaying, and syphilis to cosmetics, plastic surgery and contemporary skin cancers, the author fully surveys our skin's obvious and yet unfamiliar terrain. He also explains why particular colours are ascribed to feelings and conditions, such as green for envy, purple for rage and yellow for cowardice. The Book of Skin shows that skin has never been at once so manifest and so in jeopardy as it is today, when, as Marshall MacLuhan puts it, each of us wears all of mankind as his skin.

About Steven Connor

Steven Connor is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory in the School of Literature and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of books including Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (2000) and Fly, also published by Reaktion in the Animal series (2006).

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Author : Steven Connor
Publisher : Reaktion Books
Data Published : 28 November 2003
ISBN : 1861891938
EAN : 9781861891938
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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