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Cadavers, Transactions and Birth of Knowledge: Scanning Disposable Bodies in Padmanabhan's Harvest and the Visible Human Project

Asijit Datta


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.3712884", 
  "container_title": "postScriptum: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literary Studies ISSN: 2456-7507", 
  "title": "Cadavers, Transactions and Birth of Knowledge: Scanning Disposable Bodies in Padmanabhan's Harvest and the Visible Human Project", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2020, 
        3, 
        17
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>This paper attempts to read Manjula Padmanabhan&rsquo;s play Harvest under the humanist scanner of the<br>\nVisible Human Project (VHP). The VHP not only dilutes the distinction between living and non-living<br>\nbodies, the project in turn metamorphoses human substance into bio-graphics. Appropriating the bodies<br>\nof the not-fully-humans and converting them into medical offerings and sacrificial objects are aspects<br>\nvisible both in the field of VHP and the ever-expanding arena of organ &lsquo;donation&rsquo;. However,<br>\nPadmanabhan&rsquo;s text destroys the myth of the renouncing, surrendering woman submitting her (dead)<br>\nbody for the greater good of society through the libidinal, uncontrollable, interrogating body of Jaya.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Asijit Datta"
    }
  ], 
  "volume": "5", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "1", 
  "id": "3712884"
}
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