This is a study of the guillotine and its role in the French Revolution, concentrating as much upon the social and psychological contexts - the "mythology" and theatre of the guillotine - as upon the history and transformations of the guillotine's invention. The book offers a thesis which argues, for example, that the guillotine acts as an enlightenment machine, as the begetter of a new physiology of the headless body politic, as an aristocratic/democratic art of dying, and as the source of a new kind of criminological portraiture.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140108300
Book Description Penguin Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140108300