The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

Author: Emilie Autumn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998990927

Category: Psychiatric hospital patients

Page: 392

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Two young women, living centuries apart, both accused of madness, communicate across time to fight a common enemy...their doctors.
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SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET IN AN ERA OF TEXTUAL EXHAUSTION

Author: Sonya Freeman Loftis,Allison Kellar,Lisa Ulevich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351967452

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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"Post-Hamlet: Shakespeare in an Era of Textual Exhaustion" examines how postmodern audiences continue to reengage with Hamlet in spite of our culture’s oversaturation with this most canonical of texts. Combining adaptation theory and performance theory with examinations of avant-garde performances and other unconventional appropriations of Shakespeare’s play, Post-Hamlet examines Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a central symbol of our era’s "textual exhaustion," an era in which the reader/viewer is bombarded by text—printed, digital, and otherwise. The essays in this edited collection, divided into four sections, focus on the radical employment of Hamlet as a cultural artifact that adaptors and readers use to depart from textual "authority" in, for instance, radical English-language performance, international film and stage performance, pop-culture and multi-media appropriation, and pedagogy.
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Steampunk

Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian

Author: Claire Nally

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350113190

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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What is steampunk? Fashion craze, literary genre, lifestyle - or all of the above? Playing with the scientific innovations and aesthetics of the Victorian era, steampunk creatively warps history and presents an alternative future, imagined from a nineteenth-century perspective. In her interdisciplinary book, Claire Nally delves into this contemporary subculture, explaining how the fashion, music, visual culture, literature and politics of steampunk intersect with theories of gender and sexuality. Exploring and occasionally critiquing the ways in which gender functions in the movement, she addresses a range of different issues, including the controversial trope of the Victorian asylum; gender and the graphic novel; the legacies of colonialism; science and the role of Ada Lovelace as a feminist steampunk icon. Drawing upon interviews, theoretical readings and textual analysis, Nally asks: why are steampunks fascinated by our Victorian heritage, and what strategies do they use to reinvent history in the present?
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Past Mortems

Life and death behind mortuary doors

Author: Carla Valentine

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751565334

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent ten years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk, and that day's corpses her task list. Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years, as well as investigating the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes . . .
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The Chick and the Dead

Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors

Author: Carla Valentine

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250120691

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Carla Valentine works with the dead. After studying forensics, she assisted pathologists with post-mortems for years before becoming the curator of the world’s most famous pathology museum. When it comes to death, she truly is an expert, and in this book she shares that expertise. Using the most common post-mortem process as the backbone of the narrative, The Chick and the Dead takes the reader through the process of an autopsy while also describing the history and changing cultures of our relationship with the dead. The book is full of vivid insight into what happens to our bodies in the end. Each chapter considers an aspect of an autopsy alongside an aspect of Carla’s own life and work and touches on some of the more controversial aspects of our feelings towards death, including the relationship between sex and death and our attitudes toward human tissue collection. Starting with the first cut, we move from external examination into the body itself, discovering more about the heart, stomach and brain, and into dismembered and reconstructed bodies, at each stage taking a colorful detour into the question of what these things can teach us about the living. Join Carla on the journey from microscope-requesting nine-year-old to pathology educator and death engager at a Victorian museum (a journey made via around 5,000 autopsies) as she tells the story of exactly what it’s like to live a life immersed in death.
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Leech

Author: Robert G. W. Kirk,Neil Pemberton

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780230680

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Armed with razor-sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times its volume of blood, the leech is an unlikely cure for ill health. Yet that is exactly the role this worm-like parasite has played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history. In this book, Robert G. W. Kirk and Neil Pemberton explore how the leech surfaces in radically different spheres. The ancients used them in humeral medicine to bring the four humors of the body—blood, phlegm, and black and yellow bile—back into balance. Today, leeches are used in plastic and reconstructive surgery to help reattach severed limbs and remove pools of blood before it kills tissue. Leeches have also been used in a nineteenth-century meteorological barometer and a twentieth-century biomedical tool that helped win a Nobel Prize. Kirk and Pemberton also reveal the dark side of leeches as they are portrayed in fiction, film, and popular culture. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to a video game player’s nemesis, the leech is used to represent the fears of science run amok. Leech shines new light on one of humanity’s most enduring and unlikely companions.
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Who cared?

charity in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

Author: Alison Jordan

Publisher: Inst of Irish Studies

ISBN: 9780853894063

Category: History

Page: 262

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American childhood

a research guide and historical handbook

Author: Joseph M. Hawes,N. Ray Hiner

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313233371

Category: Social Science

Page: 711

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"All libraries supporting work on the history of American families, women, and children should acquire this book, and active scholars in these fields will probably want their own copies." Choice
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