The X-ray and the Inert Body
In 1895, a radical new visual technology was invented. This chapter explores X-ray imagery of the human body as an important coda to the story of portraiture’s changing representations of subjectivity and soma. X-ray imagery was a major aesthetic development, making manifest and somewhat literal much of nineteenth-century art’s imaginative drive inward. Here I explore the first few years of X-ray imagery and practices, focusing on how scientists, reporters, and writers figured the X-ray in writing. In particular, this chapter explores how in those first experimental years, writers were disturbed by the X-ray’s ability to alter human surfaces, particularly the skin.
North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.