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La mort instruit-elle la connaissance ?

Séance 4, saison 14

Chercheur(s) associé(s) Laurence Talairach
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Lors de cette séance, organisée en ligne en raison de la situation sanitaire, nous échangerons avec Laurence Talairach (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CAK), auteur de Gothic Remains. Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764-1897 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2019).

Discutantes : Marine Bellégo (Université de Paris, LARCA) et Anne Carol (Aix-Marseille Université, TELEMMe)


The Gothic has always been fascinated with objects carrying with them a sense of horror – the decomposing body, the rigid corpse, the bleeding statue, the spectral skeleton – capable of creating a sublime form of beauty. Gothic Remains: Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897 offers an exploration of those Gothic tropes and conventions which were most thoroughly steeped in the anatomical culture of the period – from skeletons, used to understand human anatomy, to pathological human remains exhibited in medical museums; from bodysnatching aimed at providing dissection subjects to live-burials resulting from medical misdiagnosis and pointing to contemporary research into the signs of death. The historicist reading of canonical and less known Gothic texts which is proposed throughout Gothic Remains, explored through the prism of anatomy, seeks to offer new insights into the ways in which medical practice and the medical sciences informed the aesthetics of pain and death typically read therein, and the two-way traffic that emerged between medical literature and literary texts.