Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Writing in Code: Literature and the GenomeJanuary 1, 2006 |


The palaeolithic bowman well knew where to find the heart of his victim, and he has portrayed it transfixed with arrows on the walls of his shelter.—Charles Singer's account of the Western World's earliest anatomists, A Short History of Anatomy Elmer Belt says Leonardo's drawings of the genital tractssomehow failed to find their way with all the restto Windsor Castle's collection of the Queen.These scrolls and doodles worked their way insteadto Weimar's Schlossmuseum, the German royalsmaking slightly less to-do over maps of genitaliathan Brits, but Elmer doesn't care to reproduceLeonardo's most offensive image, man and womanjoined in coitus, their hips and thighs transparent,so the penis gaining entry can be seen in its entirety,their entrails coiled like vines of acorn squash,while his substantial shaft aims for the open mouthof her barracuda uterus. Though she has no bonesbesides her half a spine, Leonardo's taken care to sketchher lover's open eye tipped toward the empty sp

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