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Death by a thousand cuts

Author: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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"A unique interdisciplinary history, Death by a Thousand Cuts is the first book to explore the history, iconography, and legal contexts of Chinese tortures and executions from the tenth century until lingchi's abolition in 1905. The authors then turn their attention to an in-depth investigation of "oriental" tortures in the Western imagination. While early modern Europeans often depicted Chinese institutions as  Read more...
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Named Person: Georges Bataille
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Brook; Jérôme Bourgon; Gregory Blue
ISBN: 9780674027732 0674027736
OCLC Number: 163593490
Awards: Shortlisted for PROSE Awards: World History & Biography/Autobiograpy 2008.
Description: xi, 320 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The execution of Wang Weiqin --
The laws of punishment in late Imperial China --
The origins of lingchi and problems of its legitimacy --
Lingchi in the Ming Dynasty --
Tormenting the dead --
Chinese torture in the Western mind --
Misreading lingchi --
Georges Bataille's interpretation --
Lingering on.
Responsibility: Timothy Brook, Jérôme Bourgon, Gregory Blue.
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Explores the history, iconography, and legal contexts of Chinese tortures and executions from the tenth century until lingchi's abolition in 1905. This work investigates "oriental" tortures in the  Read more...

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In 1904, a French photographer documented the Chinese practice of lingchi, a form of execution that involved slicing off limbs and pieces of flesh. Europeans recoiled from what appeared to be a Read more...

 
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