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Seeing her sex: medical archives and the female body.

  Through a detailed analysis of exterior and interior images of the female body, this book questions how the visual representation of women has been used to remove women's bodies from varying discourses, especially in relation to the matter of generation and reproduction. Roberta McGrath examines the relationship between human reproduction and cultural representation from 1750-1910, taking examples from medical archives, covering engraving, photography, radiography and microscopy. The book is interdisciplinary in approach, ranging across feminist theory, history of medicine and philosophy of science, as well as the history of photography. It argues that these historical images - shocking, erroneous, provocative - are absolutely crucial in understanding how the subject of human generation has now become the corporate and government-funded science of reproductive biotechnology.

  • Type:

    Authored Book

  • Date:

    30 November 2001

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  • Publisher

    Manchester University Press


McGrath, R. (2001). Seeing her sex: medical archives and the female body. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719041686


visual representation of women; cultural representation; human reproduction; generation; reproductive biotechnology;

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