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The body in pain : the making and unmaking of the world

Author: Elaine Scarry
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford University Press pbkView all editions and formats
Part philosophical meditation, part cultural critique, this work explores the nature of physical suffering. Elaine Scarry bases her study on a wide range of sources: literature and art, medical case histories, documents on torture compiled by Amnesty International, legal transcripts of personal injury trials, and military and strategic writings by such figures as Clausewitz, Churchill, Liddell Hart, and Henry  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Scarry
ISBN: 0195049969 9780195049961 0195036018 9780195036015
OCLC Number: 18015398
Notes: APPE gift.
Description: vii, 385 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction ----
Part One. Unmaking. 1. Structure of torture : the conversion of real pain into the fiction of power ---
2. The structure of war : the juxtaposition of injured bodies and unanchored issues ----
Part Two. Making. 3. Pain and imagining ---
4. The structure of belief and its modulation into material making : body and voice in the Judeo-Christian scriptures and the writings of Marx ---
5. The interior structure of the artifact.
Responsibility: Elaine Scarry.


Part philosophical meditation, part cultural critique , this explores the nature of physical suffering.  Read more...


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A philosophical and beautifully written book. * Brock Bastian, BBC Focus * First published in 1985, the book is not easy reading, but it certainly is fascinating. * Star *

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