Les Gueules Cases. Photography and the Making of Disfigurement

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dc.contributor.author Pichel, Beatriz en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-24T15:03:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-24T15:03:13Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-30
dc.identifier.citation Pichel, B. (2017) Les Gueules Cases. Photography and the Making of Disfigurement. Journal of War & Culture Studies, 10 (1), pp. 82-99 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/12959
dc.description The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. en
dc.description.abstract Between 1914 and 1918, French visual culture was saturated with photographs of amputees: ex-combatants who had lost an arm or a leg, and had substituted them for prosthetic devices. However, these pictures were all about body mutilations. Facial injuries were also profusely photographed, but barely penetrated into the French visual culture. This article explores the reasons behind this invisibility. Itmaintains that, during the war, bodily mutilations were associated with discourses on re-education, while facial wounds were connected to the rhetoric of reconstruction. This distinction, grounded on concerns about the function of the limbs and the appearance of the face, was the source of the sparse dissemination of photographs of facial injuries. It will be argued that these wounds became visible only when the focus shifted from the appearance to the social function of the face, and facial injuries began to be understood as ‘disfigurement’. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Journal of War & Culture Studies en
dc.subject facial injuries en
dc.subject mutilations en
dc.subject disfigurement en
dc.subject re-education en
dc.subject facial reconstruction en
dc.subject First World War en
dc.subject photography history en
dc.title Les Gueules Cases. Photography and the Making of Disfigurement en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2016.1257263
dc.researchgroup Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder N/A en
dc.projectid N/A en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC-ND en
dc.date.acceptance 2016-11-02 en


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