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Body modern : Fritz Kahn, scientific illustration, and the homuncular subject / Michael Sappol.

  • Sappol, Michael
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About this work


Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 images, "Body Modern" imaginatively explores the relationship between conceptual image, image production, and embodied experience, offering the first in-depth critical study of Fritz Kahn and his visual rhetoric. Michael Sappol concludes that Kahn's illustrations pose profound and unsettling epistemological questions about the construction and performance of the self.


Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Physical description

xv, 247 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction: Fritz Kahn, Modernity, and the Invention of Conceptual Scientific Illustration -- Reading Kahn and the Homunculus -- "Much Better than Words": Pictured Knowledge and the Rhetoric of Visuality -- Ocularcentric! Conceptual Illustration at Work in the "Great Loop" -- Variety Show: The Studio of Kahn and Its Visual Devices -- Kahn's Way-Out: Conceptual Illustration's Iconophilic Diaspora -- "To Picture the Body": Kahn's Images in the Postmodern Afterlife -- Epilogue: Towards a Theory of the Homunculus.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
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