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The afterlife of images : translating the pathological body between China and the West, Larissa N. Heinrich

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The afterlife of images : translating the pathological body between China and the West
Title
The afterlife of images
Title remainder
translating the pathological body between China and the West
Statement of responsibility
Larissa N. Heinrich
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 1739 China's emperor authorized the publication of a medical text that included images of children with smallpox to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Those images made their way to Europe, where they were interpreted as indicative of the ill health and medical backwardness of the Chinese. In the mid-nineteenth century, the celebrated Cantonese painter Lam Qua collaborated with the American medical missionary Peter Parker in the creation of portraits of Chinese patients with disfiguring pathologies, rendered both before and after surgery. Europeans saw those portraits as evidence of Western medical prowess. Within China, the visual idiom that the paintings established influenced the development of medical photography. In The Afterlife of Images, Larissa N. Heinrich investigates the creation and circulation of Western medical discourses that linked ideas about disease to Chinese identity beginning in the eighteenth century." "Combining literary studies, the history of science, and visual culture studies, Heinrich analyzes the rhetoric and iconography through which medical missionaries transmitted to the West an image of China as "sick" or "diseased" She also examines the absorption of that image back into China through missionary activity, through the earliest translations of Western medical texts into Chinese, and even through the literature of Chinese nationalism. Heinrich argues that over time "scientific" Western representations of the Chinese body and culture accumulated a host of secondary meanings, taking on an afterlife with lasting consequences for conceptions of Chinese identity in China and beyond its borders."--Jacket
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Heinrich, Larissa
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
R836
LC item number
.H46 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Body, commodity, text.
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  • Medical illustration
  • Medicine in art
  • Missions, Medical
  • Medicine
  • Medicine in the Arts
  • Medicine in the Arts
  • Medicine in the Arts
  • Attitude to Health
  • Attitude to Health
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Medical Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Religious Missions
  • Religious Missions
  • Religious Missions
  • Stereotyping
  • Stereotyping
  • Stereotyping
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The afterlife of images : translating the pathological body between China and the West, Larissa N. Heinrich
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-212) and index
Contents
How China became the "cradle of smallpox": transformations in discourse -- The pathological body: Lam Qua's medical portraiture -- The pathological empire: early medical photography in China -- "What's hard for the eye to see": anatomical aesthetics from Benjamin Hobson to Lu Xun -- Epilogue: Through the microscope
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 222 p., 8 p. of plates
Isbn
9780822340935
Lccn
20070325 55
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)164802735
  • (OCoLC)164802735
Label
The afterlife of images : translating the pathological body between China and the West, Larissa N. Heinrich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-212) and index
Contents
How China became the "cradle of smallpox": transformations in discourse -- The pathological body: Lam Qua's medical portraiture -- The pathological empire: early medical photography in China -- "What's hard for the eye to see": anatomical aesthetics from Benjamin Hobson to Lu Xun -- Epilogue: Through the microscope
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 222 p., 8 p. of plates
Isbn
9780822340935
Lccn
20070325 55
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)164802735
  • (OCoLC)164802735

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