Book: Body Modern

June 2, 2017


The American medical historian Michael Sappol has recently published a first in-depth critical study of Fritz Kahn’s visual rhetoric: Body Modern – Fritz Kahn, Scientific Illustration, and the Homuncular Subject (University of Minnesota Press) explores how Fritz Kahn’s popular scientific illustrations visualized and performed industrial modernity. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 images, the book addresses the relationship between conceptual image, image production, and embodied experience. Michael Sappol concludes that Kahn’s illustrations pose profound and unsettling epistemological questions about the construction and performance of the self.