Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery


"An impressive book. An important book."--Jamie Lee Curtis

"I blame mirrors. If it weren't for them we wouldn't need plastic surgeons. In the meantime, anyone tempted to re-shape face, body and mind by means of knife should first read Blum's intelligent, persuasive and absorbing book. Both enticed and alarmed, the reader will at least know what she's doing and more importantly why. This is a book that takes you and shakes you by the throat, and leaves you the better for it."--Fay Weldon, author of "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

"An eye-opening look at the dangers, both physical and emotional, of plastic surgery and of the power of beauty in all of our lives. Blum's book is an impressive interweaving of observation, oral interviews, cultural studies, and historical sources. An absorbing read, this is a scholarly book that general readers can enjoy."--Lois Banner, author of "American Beauty

"A provocative and thoroughly persuasive argument that we live in a culture of cosmetic surgery where identity,is sited on the shifting surfaces of the body. "Flesh Wounds brilliantly explores the link between the seductions of surgical self-fashioning and the star system, drawing on a stunning array of materials ranging from interviews with plastic surgeons, psychoanalytic theory, and the novel to the visual media of digital photography, film, and television."--Kathleen Woodward, author of "Aging and Its Discontents: Freud and Other Fictions

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2003


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