- Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231125038
- ISBN-13: 978-0231125031
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,726,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Skin: On the Cultural Border Between Self and World (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)
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A prize-winning examination of the changing cultural and metaphorical significance of skin, through innovative readings of literature, art, philosophy, history, anthropology, medicine, and more. (Library Journal)
[Benthien] deftly illuminates her findings, and she is quite brilliant. This is historical anthropology at its best. (Joanna Briscoe The Guardian)
Delves into the cultural role of skin as the place where personal identity is formed and assigned. (Publishers Weekly)
This cultural study examines the relations among self-consciousness, subjectivity, and skin from the 18th century to the present.... Benthien discusses the semantic and psychic aspects of touching, feeling, and intellectual perception; the motifs of perforated, armored, or transparent skin. (Translation Review)
About the Author
Claudia Benthien is assistant professor of German at Humboldt-University, Berlin. She received the Tiburtius Prize from the Berlin senate for this work.