Human Fragments: Plastic Surgery and Bare Life in Joseph Roth’s Feuilletons

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Abstract

This article examines three of Joseph Roth’s feuilletons in the context of the intersecting discourses of anthropology, medicine, and ethics in post-World War I Europe. Specifically, the article connects Roth’s description of the reconstructive surgery ward at the Charité hospital in Berlin, founded by pioneering surgeon Jacques Joseph, to the political-philosophical notion of “bare life,” in order to show how Roth thereby points to a new concept of human being beyond the prevailing anthropological categories of the time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-109
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Austrian Studies
Volume46
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

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