Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Virginia Blum

Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery

University of California Press
Publication date: September 2003
ISBN: 9780520938731
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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""An impressive book. An important book.""â¿¿Jamie Lee Curtis ""I blame mirrors. If it weren't for them we wouldn't need plastic surgeons. In the meantime, anyone tempted to re-shape face, body and mind by means of knife should first read Blum's intelligent, persuasive and absorbing book. Both enticed and alarmed, the reader will at least know what she's doing and more importantly why. This is a book that takes you and shakes you by the throat, and leaves you the better for it.""â¿¿Fay Weldon, author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil ""An eye-opening look at the dangers, both physical and emotional, of plastic surgery and of the power of beauty in all of our lives. Blum's book is an impressive interweaving of observation, oral interviews, cultural studies, and historical sources. An absorbing read, this is a scholarly book that general readers can enjoy.""â¿¿Lois Banner, author of American Beauty ""A provocative and thoroughly persuasive argument that we live in a culture of cosmetic surgery where identity is sited on the shifting surfaces of the body. Flesh Wounds brilliantly explores the link between the seductions of surgical self-fashioning and the star system, drawing on a stunning array of materials ranging from interviews with plastic surgeons, psychoanalytic theory, and the novel to the visual media of digital photography, film, and television.""â¿¿Kathleen Woodward, author of Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions
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A social and psychological analysis for our times

I really appreciated the way that Virginia Blum wrote this book. It is no-nonsense, informative and non-jargonised which means it is acceptable to both the academic and the layman. As such I felt I was able to get the best from it. The increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery over the years is the centre of this work and she explores the dangers of it from a physical and emotional point of view, as well as issues of identity and how society and celebrity has spawned a trend of self-alteration. Whatever your own stance on the subject, you will appreciate the unbiased way Blum writes; she presents all the facts about cosmetic surgery and draws on her own experience with cosemetic procedure. People often spin out the line 'beauty is only skin deep' but Blum shows us that while cosmetically that may be true, the substance of beauty, the emotional and the psychological, goes far deeper than the flesh wounds of the title and that surgery can both create and heal those wounds
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