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The Horrors Of The Half Known Life

Author: G.J. Barker-Benfield
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135959854
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Now a classic in the field, The Horrors of the Half-Known Life is an important foundational text in the construction of masculinity, female identity, and the history of midwivery.

Dangerous Bodies

Author: Marie Mulvey-Roberts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1784996750
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"Through an investigation of the body and its oppression by the church, the medical profession and the state, this book reveals the actual horrors lying beneath fictional horror in settings as diverse as the monastic community, slave plantation, operating theatre, Jewish ghetto and battlefield trench. The book provides original readings of canonical Gothic literary and film texts including The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, Frankenstein, Dracula and Nosferatu. This collection of fictionalised dangerous bodies is traced back to the effects of the English Reformation, Spanish Inquisition, French Revolution, Caribbean slavery, Victorian medical malpractice, European anti-Semitism and finally warfare, ranging from the Crimean up to the Vietnam War. The endangered or dangerous body lies at the centre of the clash between victim and persecutor and has generated tales of terror and narratives of horror, which function to either salve, purge or dangerously perpetuate such oppositions. This ground-breaking book will be of interest to academics and students of Gothic studies, gender and film studies and especially to readers interested in the relationship between history and literature."

Tears For My Sisters

Author: L. Lewis Wall
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421424177
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Millions of women suffer from obstetric fistula, a catastrophic childbirth complication that exists today mainly in the world’s poorest countries. Fistulas are created by the prolonged pressure of the fetal head in the birth canal during obstructed labor, which grievously injures a woman’s bladder, leaving her incontinent. With a fistula, a woman’s life revolves around futile attempts to control her condition and the stigma associated with it. Abandoned by their loved ones, ostracized from their communities, and cut off from modern surgical care, which can repair fistulas and return patients to full health, these women suffer wretchedly. Based on over 20 years of personal experience with fistula patients in multiple African countries, Dr. L. Lewis Wall’s Tears for My Sisters describes the ancient history of obstetric fistula, tracing it as far back as ancient Egypt. An expert in repairing obstetric fistula, Dr. Wall explains how these injuries occur and how Western medicine developed the technical capacity to overcome obstructed labor and repair fistulas. Arguing that obstetric fistula results from a general disregard for women’s human rights and reproductive health around the globe, he lays bare the obstacles that poor women face in getting emergency obstetric care. Finally, he presents a solution to this problem based on the inspiring story of Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin, who created a hospital system in Ethiopia to care for fistula patients, improve health care, and eradicate these injuries. Providing these women with a much-needed voice, this compassionate book is the first to tell the comprehensive story of this tragic but preventable condition. It is compelling reading for everyone interested in women’s health, reproductive rights, the history of medicine, and social justice.

The Lost

Author: Jack Ketchum
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641141338
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Ein heißer Tag. Ein Campingplatz im Wald. Zwei Frauen – Opfer für den Teenager Ray, der töten will. Er richtet ein Blutbad an, bei dem seine Freunde tatenlos zusehen. 1969, fünf Jahre später: Ray konnte nie überführt werden und ist nach wie vor auf freiem Fuß. Doch er lebt immer einen Schritt vom Abgrund entfernt, und seine Scheinwelt aus Drogen, Sex und krankhaftem Egoismus droht zusammenzubrechen. Was folgt, ist ein Ausbruch des Wahnsinns von albtraumhafter Intensität.

K He

Author: Matthew Stokoe
Publisher: Festa
ISBN: 3865525296
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Ein blutgetränkter Albtraum. Aber auch ein Meisterwerk der Literatur. Steven ist 25 Jahre alt. Im Fernsehen beobachtet er all die perfekten, fröhlichen Menschen und träumt davon, selbst das normale Glück zu finden. Vielleicht mit Lucy, die eine Etage über ihm wohnt - auch wenn ihre Besessenheit für Vivisektionen echt krank ist. Aber Stevens Mutter würde das niemals zulassen. Sie hasst ihn und will ihn zerstören: »Sie verabscheuten einander seit dem Augenblick, als sie ihn aus ihrer Fotze gedrückt hatte. In der zugemüllten Küche hatte sie ihn auf dem Tisch, an dem sie heute noch aßen, aus dem blutigen Schlamassel zwischen ihren Beinen gezogen und verflucht. Und er hatte ihr, da er spürte, dass es sein ganzes Leben lang noch schlimmer kommen würde, gleich in die Augen gepisst.« Als Steven Arbeit in einem Schlachthaus findet, offenbart ihm der unvorstellbar perverse Vorarbeiter Cripps, wie man durch das Töten von Kühen ?echte Erfüllung? findet. Doch die Tiere beginnen mit Steven zu reden und sie bitten um Hilfe ... COWS, weltweit gefeiert als Kult-Klassiker des Urban Horror, gilt als der extremste Roman, der je geschrieben wurde. Abstoßend, traurig, aber auch originell. AMERICAN PSYCHO ist dagegen Kinderkram. Kirkus Review: »Der literarische Underground-Schocker Stokoe schlägt seine Leser mit dieser blutigen, wirklich ekligen Verhöhnung der Normalität voll ins Gesicht.« Publishers Weekly: »Eine Phantasmagorie der extremen Gewalt, des Todes, der Sexualität, der Bestialität, der Selbstchirurgie, der Folter und einer wirklich, wirklich, wirklich schlechten Mutter-Sohn-Beziehung, die da beginnt, wo der Marquis de Sade aufhörte. Stokoe ist ein begabter Schriftsteller, was den Inhalt umso schrecklicher macht ...« Dennis Cooper: »Sehr verstörend und überirdisch begnadet. Die vernichtende Schilderung des Lebens in der britischen Unterschicht. COWS gilt als der mutigste englischsprachige Roman der letzten Jahrzehnte.« FESTA MUST READ: Große Erzähler ohne Tabus. Muss man gelesen haben. Matthew Stokoe wurde 1963 in England geboren. Nach Aufenthalten in den USA und Neuseeland lebt er heute in Australien. Er studierte Wirtschaftslehre, spielte als Gitarrist in unterschiedlichen Bands und arbeitete für die englische Staatsanwaltschaft. 1998 erschien sein Debüt-Roman COWS, der ihn schlagartig berühmt machte. Das Buch verursachte einen echten Schock und gilt als eines der entsetzlichsten in der Geschichte der Literatur. Weitere Romane sind HIGH LIFE (2002), EMPTY MILE (2010) und COLONY OF WHORES (2014). Mit kalter Prosa schildert Stokoe die Entfremdung des Individuums und den gesellschaftlichen Verfall.

Making Sense Of Taste

Author: Carolyn Korsmeyer
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 080147132X
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Taste, perhaps the most intimate of the five senses, has traditionally been considered beneath the concern of philosophy, too bound to the body, too personal and idiosyncratic. Yet, in addition to providing physical pleasure, eating and drinking bear symbolic and aesthetic value in human experience, and they continually inspire writers and artists. In Making Sense of Taste, Carolyn Korsmeyer explains how taste came to occupy so low a place in the hierarchy of senses and why it is deserving of greater philosophical respect and attention. Korsmeyer begins with the Greek thinkers who classified taste as an inferior, bodily sense; she then traces the parallels between notions of aesthetic and gustatory taste that were explored in the formation of modern aesthetic theories. She presents scientific views of how taste actually works and identifies multiple components of taste experiences. Turning to taste's objects—food and drink—she looks at the different meanings they convey in art and literature as well as in ordinary human life and proposes an approach to the aesthetic value of taste that recognizes the representational and expressive roles of food. Korsmeyer's consideration of art encompasses works that employ food in contexts sacred and profane, that seek to whet the appetite and to keep it at bay; her selection of literary vignettes ranges from narratives of macabre devouring to stories of communities forged by shared eating.

Danse Macabre

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364105401X
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»Wir erfinden Horror, damit wir im wahren Leben besser klarkommen.« Stephen King Der Meister des Horrors reicht uns die Hand zum Totentanz. Das Grundlagenwerk über die Geschichte des Horrors in Literatur und Film vom Viktorianischen Zeitalter bis heute. Mit einem neuen Essay: »Über das Unheimliche«

Implantiert

Author: Scott Sigler
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641066786
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Das ultimative Raubtier Genetiker entwickeln eine DNA, die Millionen von Schwerkranken wieder hoffen lässt. Daraus lassen sich Lebewesen züchten, die als Organspender dienen können. Doch das Experiment, höchst illegal und auf einer entlegenen Station in der Arktis durchgeführt, hat einen tödlichen Ausgang: Die Kreaturen sind perfekte Raubtiere, und plötzlich steht der Mensch nicht mehr an der Spitze der Nahrungskette.

Sea Of Glory

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440649103
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"A treasure of a book."—David McCullough A New York Times Notable Book America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen—the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has—until now—been relegated to a footnote in the national memory. Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize

Intellectual Manhood

Author: Timothy J. Williams
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469618400
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In this in-depth and detailed history, Timothy J. Williams reveals that antebellum southern higher education did more than train future secessionists and proslavery ideologues. It also fostered a growing world of intellectualism flexible enough to marry the era's middle-class value system to the honor-bound worldview of the southern gentry. By focusing on the students' perspective and drawing from a rich trove of their letters, diaries, essays, speeches, and memoirs, Williams narrates the under examined story of education and manhood at the University of North Carolina, the nation's first public university. Every aspect of student life is considered, from the formal classroom and the vibrant curriculum of private literary societies to students' personal relationships with each other, their families, young women, and college slaves. In each of these areas, Williams sheds new light on the cultural and intellectual history of young southern men, and in the process dispels commonly held misunderstandings of southern history. Williams's fresh perspective reveals that students of this era produced a distinctly southern form of intellectual masculinity and maturity that laid the foundation for the formulation of the post–Civil War South.