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Human curiosities in contemporary art and their relationship to the history of exhibiting monstrous bodies

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This thesis analyses the representation of so-called human curiosities in recent visual art, by drawing a connection to historical practices of exhibiting 'monstrous' and deformed bodies within institutions such as freak shows, anatomical collections and medical museums. The last two decades have witnessed a surge of scholarly interest in the histories of these institutions, particularly through the work of Robert Bogdan, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Rachel Adams, Richard Sandell and Samuel ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
Department:
Humanities Division - Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

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Supervisor
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Supervisor
Publication date:
2014
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
URN:
uuid:ba167028-a762-4846-a016-dd26870f0b5c
Local pid:
ora:12226

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