Lennard J. Davis, Nude Venuses, Medusa’s Body, and Phantom Limbs: Disability and Visuality

This essay opens with a description of a woman:

“She has no arms or hands, although the stump of her upper right arm extends just to her breast. Her left arm has been severed and her face badly scarred, with her nose torn at the tip and her lower lip gouged out. Fortunately, her facial mutilations have been treated and are barely visible, except for minor scarring visible only up close. The big toe of her right foot has been cut off, and her torso is also covered with scars, a particularly large one between her shoulder blades, one that covers her shoulder, and one covering the tip of her breast where her left nipple was torn out.

Yet, she is considered one of the most beautiful female figures in the world.” (Davis 2004, p 51)

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