The uncanny body: from medical to aesthetic abnormality

Kozin, Alexander (2007) The uncanny body: from medical to aesthetic abnormality. Janus Head, 9 (2). pp. 463-484. ISSN 1521-9194

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In this essay I explore a possibility of experiential synthesis of the medicalized abnormal body with its aesthetic images. A personal narrative about meeting extreme abnormality serves as an introduction into theorizing aesthetic abnormality. The essay builds its argument on the phenomenological grounds; I therefore approach corporeality with Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In turn, Max Ernst introduces an aesthetic frame for the subsequent examination of uncanny surreality. Two exemplars of the surreal body, Joel Witkin’s “Satiro” and Don DeLillo’s “Body Artist,” intend to substantiate the preceding theoretic. The study shows how the encounter with the abnormal embodiment may suspend normalized modes of constitution to provoke uncanny experiences

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Don deLillo; Abnormality; Body; Max Ernst
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
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Depositing User: Alexander Kozin
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 13:31
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 08:15

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