Narratives of the Interior Body--NeMLA, Toronto April 30-May 3, 2015

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As the interior of the body has become increasingly visible, viewers have learned to, in Lynda Birke's words, "read the text of the body's insides." Popular media have helped make this "text" legible to viewers but do so by normalizing medical images and a biomedical view of the interior body. This panel seeks papers that problematize popular narratives of the interior body. Can we interpret the interior body other than through a biomedical lens? How do writers and artists develop counternarratives that contest the biomedical view of the body?

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