Anatomy of the Medical Image

Knowledge Production and Transfiguration from the Renaissance to Today

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This volume addresses the interdependencies between visual technologies and epistemology with regard to our perception of the medical body. It explores the relationships between the imagination, the body, and concrete forms of visual representations: Ranging from the Renaissance paradigm of anatomy, to Foucault’s “birth of the clinic” and the institutionalised construction of a “medical gaze”; from “visual” archives of madness, psychiatric art collections, the politicisation and economisation of the body, to the post-human in mass media representations.
Contributions to this volume investigate medical bodies as historical, technological, and political constructs, constituted where knowledge formation and visual cultures intersect.

Contributors are: Axel Fliethmann, Michael Hau, Birgit Lang, Carolyn Lau, Heikki Lempa, stef lenk, Joanna Madloch, Barry Murnane, Jill Redner, Claudia Stein, Elizabeth Stephens, Corinna Wagner, and Christiane Weller.

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Axel Fliethmann is Associate Professor in European Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Melbourne. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has published widely on media philology and visual cultures. His publications include Stellenlektüre.Stifter.Foucault (2001), Texte über Bilder. Zur Gegenwart der Renaissance (2014). He is co-editor of Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft / Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies.

Christiane Weller is Associate Professor in European Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Melbourne. She has published widely on German travel writing and expeditions reports, contemporary German fiction, psychoanalytic theory and psychiatric art, as well as on psychosis and writing. She is the author of Das fremde Ich. Begegnungen im pazifisch-australischen Raum (2015) and the co-editor of Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft / Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies.
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Intoduction
Axel Fliethmann and Christiane Weller

PART 1: The Epistemology of Anatomy and Aesthetics


1 Rembrandt and the Dutch Cartesians: The..Medical Body and the Body of Christ in the Anatomy Lessons
Jill Redner
2 Pathologies of Imagination and Medical Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe
Axel Fliethmann
3 Re-Imagining the “Birthing Machine:” Art and Anatomy in Obstetric and Anatomical Models Made by Women
Elizabeth Stephens
4 The Body in Motion: The Image of Man in Physical Education in Late Eighteenth-Century Schnepfenthal
Heikki Lempa

PART 2: Identity and Visual (De)Formation

5 Photography, Arrested Development, and the Facial Expression of Emotion
Corinna Wagner
6 The Living and the Dead in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Medical Portraiture
Joanna Madloch
7 Picturing Pathology: An Affirmative Reading of Lam Qua’s Medical Portraiture
Carolyn Lau
8 “The Quickening:” Embryonic Stages in Visualising and Understanding Depression and Anxiety
stef lenk

PART 3: Power, Consumption and the Pathological Body

9 Capitalism without Desire: Economic Thinking and the Visualisation of the Biomedical Body ca. 1900
Claudia Stein
10 The Pitfalls of Utilitarianism: Capillary Images and Biopolitical Interventionism during the Weimar Republic
Michael Hau
11 Sex Murder, Photographic Evidence, and the Weimar Cultural Imagination
Birgit Lang
12 Imagining Madness: The Conceptualisation of Mental Illness in Psychiatric Art Collections
Christiane Weller
13 Biomedia in the Flesh: Imagining Biomedical Interventions as Horror
Barry Murnane

Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
The book envisages an interdisciplinary interested academic readership: undergraduate and postgraduate students, and academics across a variety of disciplines represented in the volume, such as History, Literature and Art, Politics, Cultural Studies, Medical Humanities.
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