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Dead MatterThe Meaning of Iconic Corpses$
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Margaret Schwartz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694334

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694334.001.0001

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An Iconography of the Flesh

An Iconography of the Flesh

(p.1) Introduction An Iconography of the Flesh
Dead Matter

Margaret Schwartz

University of Minnesota Press

In the introduction, Swartz introduces the corpse as representational object referring to deceased, and documents the relationship between photography and embalming as aesthetics as well as mourning practices. Schwartz defines the terms corpse and iconography. She gives descriptions of the historical figures that the chapters are about, such as Emmett Till, Abraham Lincoln, Eva Peron, Lenin, Michael Jackson, and Hamza al-Khateeb. The remainder of the introduction is dedicated to the history of mortuary rituals, particularly embalming and how they are relevant today.

Keywords:   Death studies, Celebrity Studies, Media Theory, Assemblage Theory, Corpse, Embalming, Photography

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