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Author Larson, Frances, 1976- author.

Title Severed : a history of heads lost and heads found / Frances Larson.

Publication Info. New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    306.4 LAR    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xviii, 317 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-307) and index.
Contents Prologue: Oliver Cromwell's head -- Introduction: Irresistible heads -- Shrunken heads -- Trophy heads -- Deposed heads -- Framed heads -- Potent heads -- Bone heads -- Dissected heads -- Living heads -- Conclusion: Other people's heads.
Summary "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 it connects our inner selves to the outer world more evocatively than any other part of the body. Yet there is a dark side to the head's preeminence. In Severed, anthropologist Frances Larson takes readers on a serious and seriously entertaining tour of the dark and varied obsessions that the "civilized West" has had with of decapitated heads and skulls"--Dust jacket.
Subject Head -- Social aspects.
Head -- Religious aspects.
Symbolic anthropology.
Skull -- Social aspects.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0871404540

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