Some historians would tell this story as a simple one of social disciplining--the fear of being anatomized
after death working as a deterrent to crime but also as a stick to beat proper behavior (industry for the poor, chastity for young women) into the heads of the lower orders.
Here was an opportunity to compare representation with reality and a chance to look at a living woman as well as anatomized
body analyzed in chapter 5 is that of an unknown woman: namely, the female criminal executed in Padua around 1541 and portrayed in the center of the elaborate frontispiece of Andreas Vesalius's On the Fabric of the Human Body, first published in 1543.
Throughout his career, William Kennedy has anatomized
life in Albany, New York, city of his birth and muse to his imagination.
By focusing on the exterior, ethnographers inculcated in readers the practice of racial, colonizing, and consumerist gazing that had long been performed at slave auctions--the instantaneous specularization of black body parts that reduces whole people to anatomized
images of mute primitiveness, salable powerlessness, and brute animality.
The body as anatomized
object, as dead meat, is not.
Thus, this entry is anatomized
to reveal a general crisis in French political thought and society.
To be fair to Schoenfeldt, the passions are probably less explicitly embodied or anatomized
in his chosen genre, the lyric, than they were on the Renaissance stage.
Moving further afield, Levi-Strauss's bricolage--"one of the few technical terms which [Simon] uses with any regularity and confidence"--is anatomized
in connection with Simon and the work of Louise Nevelson and Robert Rauschenberg.
Some of the images that are presented--of anatomized
bodies (including flap-anatomies), genetic mutations, mechanized statues, and busts based on death masks--provide interesting supplements to our knowledge of Renaissance visual culture.
5 is anatomized
to reveal a fascinating array of Didos (historical and poetical); beneath Calandrino's frivolous antics is disclosed a serious debate about procreation and abstention from sex rooted in the texts of Ovid, Augustine, Jerome, and Ecclesiastes.
One example will have to suffice: in the fine chapter on Paradise Lost, one welcomes an emphasis on Milton's transformation of the epic by "making the self-governance of the Edenic couple central to his poem" (256), but self-governance is no less central to The Faerie Queene, and many aspects of that endeavor are more elaborately anatomized
by Spenser than by Milton.