Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Unit 1: Anatomy - New Introduction with Supporting Research for Written Assignment


This assignment is the analysis of Physiognomy depicting the point when one is no longer considered to be human. This study is influenced by the theoretical dilemmas of mental therianthropy this will be defined in reference to Essays on Physiognomy by Johann Caspar. This analysis is a comparison between the therianthropic ideals of Marvel’s “Green Goblin” with Kurt Neumann’s “Andre” – part man, part fly, italicising their conflicting perspectives in regard to morality.

Character case studies include: “Nathan Hale” from Insomniac Games “Resistance Fall of Man Series” - a man infected with alien DNA that slowly turns him into a crazed monster. “Mystique” from Marvel’s “X-men Series” – a woman with the ability to look like anybody but draws nothing but fear when revealing her true appearance. “Dexter Morgan” from the Novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay – a serial killer with morals who murders only the evil & corrupt, keeping his true self (the dark passenger) hidden away from the entire world.

This study will first analyse the use of Physiognomy looking at its advantages and disadvantages. The analysis will then delve into the mental atrocities of physical deformation before glancing into the good & bad intentions of man, be they moral or immoral. The end summary will compare and contrast the good & the ugly with the bad & the beautiful.

Physiognomy Websites -

A Human Face Physiognomy Navigator -

Digital Physiognomy Software -

Reading Faces with Physiognomy -

Physiognomy Online Books

Physiognomy by Johann Caspar Lavater -

Essays on Physiognomy by Johann Caspar Lavater -

Physiognomy Illustrations

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Physiognomy -

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