Pearls first book about faces focuses on the 19th century obsession with physiognomy the study of facial features and their relationship to character in face on pearl updates the discussion by investigating modern concerns with the face pearls big question is this why is the face so core to identity. In face on sharrona pearl investigates the stakes for changing the face and the changing stakes for the face in both contemporary society and the sciences the first comprehensive cultural study of face transplant surgery face on reveals our true relationships to faces and facelessness explains the significance we place on facial . Book release pearls face on about the author sharrona pearl is an assistant professor at the annenberg school for communication and the gender sexuality and womens studies program at the university of pennsylvania she is a theorist of the face and body gender and sexuality disability and critical race theory and cinema . Face on are our identities attached to our faces if so what happens when the face connected to the self is gone forever or replaced in face on sharrona pearl investigates the stakes for changing the face and the changing stakes for the face in both contemporary society and the sciences. Sharrona pearl reveals the way that physiognomy the study of facial features and their relationship to character shaped the way that people understood one another and presented themselves by showing how physiognomy gave people permission to judge others pearl holds up a mirror both to victorian times and our own
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