Historical examples of how corpses are handled
From Networked Mortality
- 1 People who intentionally donated their bodies:
- 2 Bodies as religious artifacts
- 3 People who unintentionally have had their bodies used by others
- 4 We don't yet know how to classify
- 5 Examples in Pop Culture
People who intentionally donated their bodies:
the head thing is super creepy.
- http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Bentham-Project/who/autoicon (with citations)
- A. Lipsett, 'How to give a dead man a makeover: first freeze-dry the carpet beetles in his hair...', article in The Times Higher Education Supplement, 16 September 2005.
- C.F.A. Marmoy, 'The "Auto-Icon" of Jeremy Bentham at University College London', Medical History, 2 (1958), 77-86.
- R. Richardson, 'Bentham and Bodies for Dissection', The Bentham Newsletter, x (1986), 22-33.
- R. Richardson and B. Hurwitz, 'Jeremy Bentham's self-image: an exemplary bequest for dissection', British Medical Journal, 295 (July- Dec. 1987).
- P. Schofield, Bentham: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Continuum, 2009)
- E. Smallman, '181-year-old corpse of Jeremy Bentham attends UCL board meeting', article in The Metro, 12 July 2013.
Bodies as religious artifacts
(bodies and parts of bodies used by institutions to conduct the power (for positive or negative means) they have in society); your arrangements are in essence a vote for increasing the power of the receiving institution.
- John Donne's statue at St Paul's http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/donne.htm
- Hugh Ashton's two artistic representations of his body at St John's College, Cambridge
People who unintentionally have had their bodies used by others
Funerary remains, and controversies with museums, academics, governments
- Samuel J.M.M. Alberti*, Piotr Bienkowski** and Malcolm J. Chapman. Should We Display the Dead? Museum and Society, Nov 2009 https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museumsociety/documents/volumes/alberti2.pdf
- Suicide Tourism controversies around the globe
- Legal affordances for reanimation / holographic representation / etc.
- Implications of Tupac Hologram on Copyright: http://scholarship.shu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1427&context=student_scholarship
Victorian Post-mortem Photography
- Valentina Lari, who did a photography show, The Deformity of Beauty at the Mutter Museum
Books made of Human Skin
- Autobiography reputedly bound in the skin of the author http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/boston-athenaeum
Notable Embalmed People
- Xin Zhui (d. 163 BCE) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Zhui
- La Doncella http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_Llullaillaco
- Vladimir Lenin: embalmed and on display at the Lenin Mausoleum
- "A Photographic Guide to the world's embalmed leaders" (Washington Post)
people thought that his body was a mannequin
People who have arranged for their works to live on in possibly modified states
We don't yet know how to classify
can be seen at the Warren Anatomical Museum on the Green Line
Examples in Pop Culture
- DKP systems
- Foundation series (example of someone's will over time reaching into the future, in tension with the will of people in a given time)
- The Ender Saga - Speaker for the Dead
- I have a proviso for someone to fulfill this role at my memorial service in my Last Will and Testament.
- Shadowrun - Dunkelzahn: Portfolio of a Dragon