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The Cosmetic GazeBody Modification and the Construction of Beauty$
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Bernadette Wegenstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262232678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.001.0001

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Tracing the Cosmetic Gaze: From Eighteenth-Century Physiognomies to Racial Theories of the Third Reich

Tracing the Cosmetic Gaze: From Eighteenth-Century Physiognomies to Racial Theories of the Third Reich

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(p.1) 1 Tracing the Cosmetic Gaze: From Eighteenth-Century Physiognomies to Racial Theories of the Third Reich
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The Cosmetic Gaze
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Bernadette Wegenstein

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.003.0001

This chapter deals with the history of the short circuit between external and internal transformations that are essential to the operation of the cosmetic gaze. According to the author, the medical gaze has been in circulation in the West since the anatomical discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. At the end of the eighteenth century, the procedure of clinical examination by a physician came into play, and the tendency to view oneself as an independent and unique entity became predominant. The investigation of the history of the cosmetic gaze is in historical congruence with the human body, which was turned inside out by the medical gaze.

Keywords:   medical gaze, cosmetic gaze, physician, transformations, clinical examination

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