Category Archives: Resources

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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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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Face transplantation as cultural history: thoughts on Eyes Without A Face

Suzannah Biernoff writes: Isabelle Dinoire, the world’s first face transplant recipient, died last April, 11 years after the history-making, controversial surgery that turned her into a medical celebrity. Dinoire was no stranger to the international news media – Getty Images … Continue reading

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Mollie Dorsey Sanford’s flying wax tooth.

We all know now that George Washington’s false teeth weren’t really made of wood. According to Willliam M. Etter, Washington’s dentures were comprised of ivory (including hippopotamus), human and animal teeth, metal and lead. At the time he became President, … Continue reading

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Virtual Tudors (with bad teeth) Revealed

Swansea University researchers in the College of Engineering have been contributing to the digital presentation of life aboard Henry VIII’s doomed flagship the Mary Rose, including a 3D scan of the skull of a carpenter with a nasty mouth abscess and head wound … Continue reading

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Sue Townsend’s ‘The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year’

An unexpected but sympathetically humorous instance of a character with facial disfigurement in The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year (2012) by the wonderful Sue Townsend (so much for ‘non-work reading’). An elderly neighbour of the bed-bound woman in question, … Continue reading

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