Tag Archives: Emily Cock

John Gavin’s Ears

Today’s disfigurement news comes courtesy of a quick stop in the Scottish town of Douglas this weekend. On the main street is a monument to the tailor James Gavin, whose ears were cut off with his own scissors. The plaque … Continue reading

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‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio

Last week I saw a trailer for the new film adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s best-selling young adult novel, Wonder (Penguin Random House: 2012). The film stars Jacob Tremblay as August Pullman, and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents, and looks pretty … 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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‘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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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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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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