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Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses

Margaret Schwartz


An Iconography of the Flesh theorizes the relationship between the body and the image by looking at the corpse as a special instance of a body that is both thing and representation. Unlike sociological or anthropological studies of death and funerary practice, this work takes as its starting point the special role of the photograph in modern mourning practices, particularly those surrounding public figures. Arguing that the evolving cultural understanding of photographic realism structures our relationship to the corpse, the book outlines a new politics of representation in which some bodies a ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694334
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Schwartz, author
Fordham University

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