Seeing her sex: medical archives and the female body.

McGrath, Roberta (2002) Seeing her sex: medical archives and the female body. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719041686

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Through a detailed analysis of exterior and interior images of the female body, this book questions how the visual representation of women has been used to remove women's bodies from varying discourses, especially in relation to the matter of generation and reproduction. Roberta McGrath examines the relationship between human reproduction and cultural representation from 1750-1910, taking examples from medical archives, covering engraving, photography, radiography and microscopy. The book is interdisciplinary in approach, ranging across feminist theory, history of medicine and philosophy of science, as well as the history of photography. It argues that these historical images - shocking, erroneous, provocative - are absolutely crucial in understanding how the subject of human generation has now become the corporate and government-funded science of reproductive biotechnology.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0719041686
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual representation of women; cultural representation; human reproduction; generation; reproductive biotechnology;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 612 Human physiology
700 Arts & recreation > 770 Photography & computer art > 779 Photographs
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 305 Social groups
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Item ID: 2287
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2008 12:25
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 15:40

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