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Technologies of the Human Corpse by John Troyer (Senior Lecturer, University of Bath)

Technologies of the Human Corpse

John Troyer (Senior Lecturer, University of Bath)

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publication date: 31 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780262043816

The relationship of the dead body with technology through history, from nineteenth-century embalming machines to the death-prevention technologies of today.

3 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
12 Apr 2020

"His insights are sound, and his recent travails may yet ... make him a writer of some force."

To be brutal, the poems aren’t up to much, and on their own they wouldn’t add a great deal by way of nuance or tragedy. Happily for us, however, and to Troyer’s credit, he has transformed them into a deeply moving 30-page memoir that now serves as the book’s preface. This, then, is Troyer’s monster: a powerful essay about dying and bereave-ment; a set of poems written off the cuff and under great stress; and seven rather disconnected chapters about what’s befallen the human corpse in the past century or so.

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