Category Archives: Representation

Do You Wanna Know How I Got These Scars?

Something for Monday Morning: a brilliant little subversion of the narratives of acquired facial disfigurement (and of course the famous line as delivered by Heath Ledger’s Joker, and his many conflicting stories of his scars’ origins) from The Awkward Yeti series by … Continue reading

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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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A Different Take on Staring

Is developmental prosopagnosia (DP) a disorder of face perception? This was the question posed by Dr Katie Fisher in a Psychology seminar at Swansea today. Dr Fisher’s research, conducted at Birkbeck, University of London’s Brain and Behaviour Lab explored both … Continue reading

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‘neither nose nor eyne’

It’s fair to say that you encounter a lot of truly awful doggerel verse in early modern texts. But even bad poetry can be amusing: so, for some lighthearted weekend reading, please enjoy this 1577 poem from Timothy Kendall that … 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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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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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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