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Face : a visual odyssey

Title
Face : a visual odyssey / Jessica Helfand.
ISBN
9780262043427
0262043424
Publication
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2019]
Physical Description
ix, 261 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Local Notes
Yale medical historical book the gift of Jessica H. Helfand.
Summary
An elaborately illustrated A to Z of the face, from historical mugshots to Instagram posts. By turns alarming and awe-inspiring, 'Face' offers up an elaborately illustrated A to Z-from the didactic anthropometry of the late-nineteenth century to the selfie-obsessed zeitgeist of the twenty-first. Jessica Helfand looks at the cultural significance of the face through a critical lens, both as social currency and as palimpsest of history. Investigating everything from historical mugshots to Instagram posts, she examines how the face has been perceived and represented over time; how it has been instrumentalized by others; and how we have reclaimed it for our own purposes. From vintage advertisements for a "nose adjuster" to contemporary artists who reconsider the visual construction of race, Face delivers an intimate yet kaleidoscopic adventure while posing universal questions about identity.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 20, 2020
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Prologue
Anthropometry
Biometrics + bias
Caricature + close-ups
Diagnosis
Eugenics
Facsimilies + fragility
The gaze
Heredity
Identity
Judgment
Keepsakes
Likenesses + lies
Masks + mirrors
Narcissism
Othering
Physiognomy
Quackery
Relatability
Surveillance + spectatorship
Typecasting
Users + the uncanny
Vanity
Wit
Xenophobia
You
Zeitgeist.
Subjects (Medical)
Portraits as Topic.
Facial Recognition.
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