Sanders: Bodies in the Bog And The Archaeological Imagination. Hardcover

  • Bodies in the Bog And The Archaeological Imagination.
  • Karin Sanders 2009
  • Hardback, 320 pages, 63 halftones, 229 x 152 mm.
  • Hardback for paperback price.
In this remarkable account of their modern afterlives, Karin Sanders argues that the discovery of bog bodies began an extraordinary - and ongoing - cultural journey. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sanders shows, these eerily preserved remains came alive in art and science as material metaphors for such concepts as trauma, nostalgia, and identity. Sigmund Freud, Joseph Beuys, Serge Vandercam, Seamus Heaney, and other major figures have used them to reconsider fundamental philosophical, literary, aesthetic, and scientific concerns. Exploring this intellectual spectrum, Sanders contends that the power of bog bodies to provoke such a wide range of responses is rooted in their unique status as both archaeological artifacts and human beings.
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