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Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other

Sharrona Pearl


Are our identities attached to our faces? If so, what happens when the face connected to the self is gone forever—or replaced? Face/On investigates the stakes for changing the face–and the changing stakes for the face—in both contemporary society and the sciences. The first comprehensive cultural study of face transplant surgery, Face/On reveals our true relationships to faces and facelessness, explains the significance we place on facial manipulation, and decodes how we understand loss, reconstruction, and transplantation of the face. To achieve this, the book draws on a vast array of sources ... More

Keywords: history of medicine, cinema studies, disability studies, gender, television studies, bioethics, journalism, cultural studies, makeover culture, face transplants, the body

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226461229
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226461533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharrona Pearl, author
University of Pennsylvania