Category Archives: Modern

Artist: Ashkan Honarvar

Because the face is so closely tied to identity, it regularly features in the work of artists looking to engage with this theme, including in relation to corporal fragility and the disruption of identity. One artist who uses collage and … Continue reading

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William Wordsworth’s Nose

While best known as Shakespeare’s death date and birthday, 23 April marked the anniversary of the death of another of England’s great poets—William Wordsworth (7/4/1770-23/4/1850). While visiting his former home, Dove Cottage, and the Wordsworth Museum this week, I was … Continue reading

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Ears and Breasts?

A tenuous link, perhaps, but I was intrigued by this interview with Timmie Jean Lindsey, a resident of Texas who in 1962 became the first woman to receive silicon breast implants. An interesting story in itself, but for our purposes made more … Continue reading

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New Effaced Team Publication

Many congratulations to Effaced member Suzannah Biernoff, whose latest book, Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement is now out with University of Michigan Press. Suzannah provided a fascinating keynote on this material for our conference, so we’ll look … Continue reading

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PhD Studentship: ‘“False Teeth for the Masses”: Artificial Teeth as Technologies, Prostheses and Commodities in Britain, 1848-1948’, University of Kent.

Canny undergraduates interested in facial difference (or the university staff who know them) might be interested in this PhD studentship being advertised by the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent, in collaboration … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl’s “blasted nose”

Hat tip to Dr Olivia Murphy for casually informing me that “Roald Dahl almost lost his nose twice”, and prompting the following investigation. Dahl was of course the writer of some of the most ’embodied’ characters in literature, and produced this … Continue reading

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Resource News: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some exciting news from New York yesterday: The Met has released 375,000 images of artworks from their collections on open access via a Creative Commons Zero licence, which allows them to be shared, reused and remixed without charge. If what I’ve found in today’s … Continue reading

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