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Elaine Scarry (born 30 June 1946), a professor of English and American Literature and Language, is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her interests include Theory of Representation, the Language of Physical Pain and Structure of Verbal and Material Making in Art, Science and the Law.

She is the author of The Body in Pain which is known as a definitive study of pain and inflicting pain. She argues that physical pain leads to destruction and the unmaking of the human world, whereas human creation at the opposite end of the spectrum leads to the making of the world.

Her 1999 study, Dreaming by the Book won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.

In 1998, Elaine Scarry, a non-scientist, authored an article The Fall of TWA 800: The Possibility of Electromagnetic Interference which appeared in The New York Review of Books. The article's basic theory - which does not enjoy support from most scientists or engineers - is that electromagnetic interference from a P-3 Orion aircraft may have been responsible for the center fuel tank explosion. Scarry subsequently published another article hypothesizing that another infamous plane crash, that of EgyptAir 990, was caused by electromagnetic interference of the type that could result from transmission from a military source in the vicinity of the crash. This article, entitled "The Fall of EgyptAir 990," was also published in The New York Review of Books, October 5, 2000. In a critique of Ms. Scarry's hypothesis, Professor Didier de Fontaine, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, discusses what he views as the less than scientific basis of Scarry's "unfriendly skies" scenarios, and concludes that she has engaged in "voodoo science." .

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Total Books: 22
Naming Thy Name Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets
Thermonuclear Monarchy Summary Edition
2016 - Thermonuclear Monarchy Summary Edition (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393354492
ISBN-10: 0393354490
Genres: History, Politics & Social Sciences
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Thermonuclear Monarchy Choosing Between Democracy and Doom
Thinking in an Emergency
2012 - Thinking in an Emergency [Amnesty International Global Ethics Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393340587
ISBN-10: 0393340589
Genres: Law, Politics & Social Sciences
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Rule of Law Misrule of Men
2010 - Rule of Law Misrule of Men [Boston Review Books] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780262014274
ISBN-10: 0262014270
Genres: Nonfiction, Law, Engineering & Transportation
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Who Defended the Country A New Democracy Forum on Authoritarian versus Democratic Approaches to National Defense on 9/11
On Beauty and Being Just
2001 - On Beauty and Being Just (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691089591
ISBN-10: 0691089590
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Dreaming By the Book
2001 - Dreaming By the Book (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691070766
ISBN-10: 0691070768
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Resisting Representation
1994 - Resisting Representation (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195042702
ISBN-10: 0195042700
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Der Krper im Schmerz Die Chiffren der Verletzlichkeit und die Erfindung der Kultur
Literature and the Body  Essays on Populations and Persons
1990 - Literature and the Body Essays on Populations and Persons [Selected Papers from the English Institute] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780801841095
ISBN-10: 0801841097
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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The Body in Pain The Making and Unmaking of the World
1987 - The Body in Pain the Making and Unmaking of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195049961
ISBN-10: 0195049969
Genre: Nonfiction
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