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Selected from the country’s leading literary journals and publications—Colorado ReviewCreative NonfictionGeorgia ReviewPrairie SchoonerCrazyhorseThe Normal School, and others—Beautiful Flesh gathers eighteen essays on the body, essentially building a multi-gender, multi-ethnic body out of essays, each concerning a different part of the body: belly, brain, bones, blood, ears, eyes, hair, hands, heart, lungs, nose, ovaries, pancreas, sinuses, skin, spine, teeth, and vas deferens. The title is drawn from Wendy Call’s essay “Beautiful Flesh,” a meditation on the pancreas: “gorgeously ugly, hideously beautiful: crimson globes embedded in a pinkish-tan oval, all nestled on a bed of cabbage-olive green, spun through with gossamer gold.”

Other essays include Dinty W. Moore’s “The Aquatic Ape,” in which the author explores the curious design and necessity of sinuses; Katherine E. Standefer’s “Shock to the Heart, Or: A Primer on the Practical Applications of Electricity,” a modular essay about the author’s internal cardiac defibrillator and the nature of electricity; Matt Roberts’s “Vasectomy Instruction 7,” in which the author considers the various reasons for and implications of surgically severing and sealing the vas deferens; and Peggy Shinner’s “Elective,” which examines the author’s own experience with rhinoplasty and cultural considerations of the “Jewish nose.” Echoing the myriad shapes, sizes, abilities, and types of the human body, these essays showcase the many forms of the genre: personal, memoir, lyric, braided, and so on.

Contributors: Amy Butcher, Wendy Call, Steven Church, Sarah Rose Etter, Matthew Ferrence, Hester Kaplan, Sarah K. Lenz, Lupe Linares, Jody Mace, Dinty W. Moore, Angela Pelster, Matt Roberts, Peggy Shinner, Samantha Simpson, Floyd Skloot, Danielle R. Spencer, Katherine E. Standefer, Kaitlyn Teer, Sarah Viren, Vicki Weiqi Yang

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Stephanie G’schwind
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Field Notes on Hair
  2. Vicki Weiqi Yang
  3. pp. 1-9
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  1. Gray Area
  2. pp. 10-25
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  1. The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis, or How I Learned to Love My Personal Sinuses
  2. Dinty W. Moore
  3. pp. 26-34
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  1. Looking Back
  2. Danielle R. Spencer
  3. pp. 35-43
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  1. Elective
  2. Peggy Shinner
  3. pp. 44-57
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  1. Speaking of Ears and Savagery
  2. Steven Church
  3. pp. 58-72
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  1. A Living Structure
  2. Lupe Linares
  3. pp. 73-84
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  1. The Spine
  2. Sarah Rose Etter
  3. pp. 85-92
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  1. Drawing a Breath
  2. Kaitlyn Teer
  3. pp. 93-102
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  1. Shock to the Heart, Or: A Primer on the Practical Applications of Electricity
  2. Katherine E. Standefer
  3. pp. 103-118
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  1. Blood Type
  2. Samantha Simpson
  3. pp. 119-140
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  1. Mos Teutonicus
  2. Matthew Ferrence
  3. pp. 141-156
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  1. Wolf Biter
  2. Sarah Viren
  3. pp. 157-168
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  1. The Private Life of Skin
  2. Hester Kaplan
  3. pp. 169-188
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  1. Beautiful Flesh
  2. Wendy Call
  3. pp. 189-193
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  1. The Belly of Desire
  2. Sarah K. Lenz
  3. pp. 194-204
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  1. The Population of Me
  2. Jody Mace
  3. pp. 205-209
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  1. Pre-vasectomy Instruction No. 7
  2. Matt Roberts
  3. pp. 210-226
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  1. Taking Shape
  2. Amy Butcher
  3. pp. 227-240
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 245-247
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 248-249
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781885635587
Related ISBN
9781885635570
MARC Record
OCLC
978295442
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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