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Pictures of the Body: Pain & Metamorphosis
by James Elkins
In a wide-ranging argument moving from ancient Middle Eastern representations to Balthus, from Syriac prayer books to John Carpenter's film The Thing, this book explores the ways the body has been represented through time. It attempts to form a single coherent account of the possible forms of representation of the body, through the concepts of pain and metamorphosis. The a ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Stanford University Press
(first published 1999)
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James Elkins (1955 – present) is an art historian and art critic. He is E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also coordinates the Stone Summer Theory Institute, a short term school on contemporary art history based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.More about James Elkins...