The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, Signed by Co-Editor Joanna Ebenstein

The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, Signed by Co-Editor Joanna Ebenstein


491 pages, hardcover, over 170 color images.

Size: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 in.

"The Morbid Anatomy Anthology"—edited by Joanna Ebenstein, Morbid Anatomy creator, and Colin Dickey, author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius. The 491 page, lavishly illustrated, hardbound and full color book features 28 essays based on some of the most memorable lectures hosted by Morbid Anatomy between 2008 and 2014.

Included are essays by Evan Michelson (star of Science Channel’s hit show "Oddities") on the catacombs of Palermo, Simon Chaplin (Wellcome Collection Head of Culture and Society) on public displays of corpses in Georgian England, New York Times bestselling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty on demonic children, and Paul Koudounaris (author of "Empire of Death") on a truck stop populated with human skulls.

In addition are pieces on books bound in human skin, fin de siècle death-themed Parisian cafes, post-mortem photography, eroticized anatomical wax models, human and animal taxidermy, Santa Muerte, “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, and much more.

Table Of Contents:

  • What a Wonderful World / David Pescovitz, Boing Boing

  • Giuliu Camillo: Renaissance Scholar, Con Man, & Father of the Kabbalistic Theatre / Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic

  • Staging the Unconscious / Artist Zoe Beloff

  • Memento Mori: Reflections on the Art of the Tableau / Media Sstudies Professor Amy Herzog

  • The Birth of Venus / Joanna Ebenstein, founder of Morbid Anatomy

  • Tough / Neuroscientist Carl Schoonover

  • A Philosophy of Wax: The Anatomy of Frederik Ruysch / Dániel Margócsy, University of Cambridge

  • Naples: In The Court of Miracles / Filmmaker and Artist Chiara Ambrosio

  • Ghost Images: The Curious Afterlife of Postmortem Photographs / Cultural Critic Mark Dery

  • Stuffed Humans / Taxidermy Historian Pat Morris

  • At the [Human] Zoo: A Sampling of Ethnographic Exhibitions on the Modern World / Writer Elizabeth L. Bradley

  • The Withering Crowd / Evan Michelson, TV’s Oddities

  • Look Not Upon Them! Maternity & the Monstrous Imagination / Philosophy Professor Stephen T. Asma

  • Demonic Children & Their Curious Absence in the European Witch Trials / Mortician and New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Doughty

  • Anatomy or an Ottamy? Bodies on Show in Georgian London / Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Collection Head of Culture and Society

  • Staging Science at Wellcome Collection: Anatomical Models in Context / Wellcome Collection Senior Curator Kate Forde

  • Soap Stories: The Mysterious Life & Dreadful Afterlife of the Mütter Museum’s Adipocere Body / Writer Richard Faulk

  • The False Atrium: Notes on Mourning / Writer Colin Dickey

  • Skulls and Big Rigs: The World’s Strangest Truck Stop / Photographer and Writer Paul Koudounaris

  • Empress and Lover: Personifying Death in Mexico / Salvador Olguín - Morbid Curiosity Meets Morbid Anatomy / Collector Richard Harris

  • Death and Doctor Buchan / Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer at The Wellcome Library

  • Bound In Human Skin: A Survey of Examples of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy / Book Artist Daniel K. Smith

  • The Devil in Three Dimensions / Filmmaker Ronni Thomas

  • Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class / Taxidermist Amber Jolliffe

  • The Spiritualists / Photographer and Independent Scholar Shannon Taggart

  • On the Non-Denial Denial of Death / John Troyer, Director of the Centre for Death and Society

  • Hell Époque: Death-Themed Cabarets & Other Macabre Entertainments of Nineteenth Century Paris / Vadim Kosmos

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