Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

By Frances Larson

  • Release Date : 2014-11-17
  • Genre : World
  • FIle Size : 6.11 MB
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Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found A “wide-ranging and thoughtful” (Wall Street Journal) exploration of the varied obsessions that the “civilized West” has had with decapitated heads and skulls.
The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five senses, encases the brain, and boasts the most expressive set of muscles in the body. It is our most distinctive attribute and connects our inner selves to the outer world. Yet there is a dark side to the head’s preeminence, one that has, in the course of human history, manifested itself in everything from decapitation to headhunting. So explains anthropologist Frances Larson in this fascinating history of decapitated human heads. From the Western collectors whose demand for shrunken heads spurred massacres to Second World War soldiers who sent the remains of the Japanese home to their girlfriends, from Madame Tussaud modeling the guillotined head of Robespierre to Damien Hirst photographing decapitated heads in city morgues, from grave-robbing phrenologists to skull-obsessed scientists, Larson explores our macabre fixation with severed heads.


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    By LillyB717
    Never judge a book by its cover. This one was an absolute chore to get through. How someone (this writer) could take a fascinating subject and dull it down so much is impossible to understand.