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Pathology in Literature: Folklore, Fairytales, and Fantasy: An Illustrated Lecture with Mütter Museum Curator Anna Dhody
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn , NY
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Pathology in Literature: Folklore, Fairytales, and Fantasy: An Illustrated Lecture with Mütter Museum Curator Anna Dhody
Date: Monday, November 9th
Time: 8 PM
Admission: $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

Literature has always been a lens for introspection and our imagining of other lives. The Grimm Brothers tales are exemplary of both the fantastical and the very human realities of sickness, deformation, and murder. Alice in Wonderland, for instance, involves a pathology derived from the creation of the work. All humans process sensory information both internally and through the world around us. Both normal and abnormal sensory experiences have affected our creativity since our very beginning. If we decide that some kinds of creativity are pathological, how do we account for inspiration and genius? This talk will look at the tales of The Brothers Grimm alongside Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and examine how the each author's own experience with health and medicine in the 19th century impacted their writing.

Anna Dhody is Curator of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Director of the Mütter Institute, the research arm of the Mütter Museum. She has curated Grimms' Anatomy: Magic and Medicine 1812  2012, The Evolution of Birth, Reading the Dead: How Forensic Anthropologists Study Skeletons to Solve Mysteries and The Mütter Ossuary. Before joining the Mütter, she served as an osteologist at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Ms. Dhody has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. An experienced physical and forensic anthropologist, Ms. Dhody is the author of The Underground Crime Scene: The Use of Archaeological Excavation Techniques in the Recovery of Buried Crime Scene Evidence, a manual currently used by law enforcement agencies in several countries.

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Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424A 3rd Ave
Brooklyn , NY 11215
United States




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