Watching: The Frankenstein Chronicles
A policeman, squalid Victorian neighbourhoods, a body made up of 8 other bodies, body snatchers and missing children, debates around The Anatomy Act, Mary Shelley, and syphilis. A detective movie, a period piece and a movie for all Frankenstein aficionados.
Reading: The Spectacle of the Scaffold, by Michele Foucault
“Punishment of a less immediately physical kind, a certain discretion in the art of inflicting pain, a combination of more subtle, more subdued sufferings, deprived of their visible display, should not all this be treated as a special case, an incidental effect of deeper changes? And yet the fact remains that a few decades saw the disappearance of the tortured, dismembered amputated body, symbolically branded on face or shoulder, exposed alive or dead to public view. The body as the major target of penal repression disappeared.”
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