Poison and Poisoning in Science, Fiction and Cinema: Precarious Identities

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Heike Klippel, Bettina Wahrig, Anke Zechner
Springer, 14 lis 2017 - 254
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This book is about poison and poisonings; it explores the facts, fears and fictions that surround this fascinating topic. Poisons attract attention because they are both dangerous and hard to discover. Secretive and invisible, they are a challenging object of representation. How do science studies, literature, and especially film—the medium of the visible—explain and show what is hidden? How can we deal with uncertainties emerging from the ambivalence of dangerous substances? These considerations lead the editors of this volume to the notion of “precarious identities” as a key discursive marker of poisons and related substances. This book is unique in facilitating a multi-faceted conversation between disciplines. It draws on examples from historical cases of poisoning; figurations of uncertainty and blurred boundaries in literature; and cinematic examples, from early cinema and arthouse to documentary and blockbuster. The contributions work with concepts from gender studies, new materialism, post-colonialism, deconstructivism, motif studies, and discourse analysis.

 

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Introduction
1
Part I Cases and Environments
12
Female Poisoners in EighteenthCentury Germany
13
Poisons in Salons Academies and Courtrooms During the Nineteenth Century
37
Muscarine as Scientific and Literary Fascinosum in Dorothy L Sayers The Documents in the Case
57
Precarious Ontologies and Ecologies of Poison
75
Part II Metamorphoses
87
Investigations into Life Death Resuscitation and Vegetable Poisons in Early NineteenthCentury Britain
88
Superheroes and Energetic Film
147
Part III Visualizing the Invisible
157
Poison Motifs in Narrative Cinema
158
Cinema and the Motif of Poison as Intermingling
177
Actualizations of the Yellow Peril in 1960s Fu Manchu Films
190
Cinema as Ontoxicological MitGift and BeingWith as a Given in Societies of Enforced Precarity
211
The Karen Carpenter Story Poison and Safe
223
Part IV Conclusion
237

Lucretia Borgia in NineteenthCentury Literature
103
On Sexed Bodies and Early Film
119
The Joy of Poisoning in Childrens Literature
135
A Brief and Political Outlook
238
Index
251
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Heike Klippel is Professor of Film Studies at the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany.

Anke Zechner
was a research fellow on the DFG project “The Poison Motif in Film” and is currently working on a research project on Poisonous Cinema.

Bettina Wahrig is Professor of the History of Science and Pharmacy at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany.

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