Journal of Medical Humanities 35 (4):361-376 (2014)

D. G. H. Jones
University of Waterloo
Accounts from the humanities which focus on describing the nature of whole body plastinates are examined. We argue that this literature shows that plastinates do not clearly occupy standard cultural binary categories of interior or exterior, real or fake, dead or alive, bodies or persons, self or other and argue that Noël Carroll’s structural framework for horrific monsters unites the various accounts of the contradictory or ambiguous nature of plastinates while also showing how plastinates differ from horrific fictional monsters. In doing so, it offers an account of the varied reactions of those responding to exhibitions of plastinated whole bodies
Keywords Plastination   Body Worlds  Monsters  Disgust  Fascination
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-013-9230-z
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