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Hans Bellmer, La Poupée, ca. 1934. Gelatin silver print. Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2018.

Hans Bellmer, La Poupée, ca. 1934. Gelatin silver print. Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2018.

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Heather Laine Talley locates the still-experimental technique of face transplantation within a contemporary ‘disfigurement imaginary’ that equates facial difference with social death. This paper extends Talley’s account by considering the ideological and affective components of ‘facelessness’ as a shared cultural idea. The first part of the article...

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... dismembered and grotesquely reassembled doll-fetishes present a disturbing visual parallel to Génessier's female 'experiments' (Figure 9). In his 1906 essay on 'The Psychology of the Uncanny', Jentsch had referred to the unsettling impression made by waxwork figures, mechanical dolls and automata: almost-human objects that reappear in subsequent discussions of the uncanny, including Freud's. ...