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Written on the Body: The Tattoo in European & American History
Written on the Body: The Tattoo in European & American History
Our Price: $30.00
Year: 2000
Pages: 319
Binding Paperback
ISBN 1861890621

Product Code: 756779340

Jane Caplan (ed). This anthology surveys the history of the tattoo in Europe & North America from Antiquity to the present day. It is the first book to set the practice into a historical perspective. There is in fact a rich & fascinating, if episodic, history to be discovered. The tattoo emerges as a haunting presence on Europe’s margins, figuring repeatedly as something alien & uncanny, something that is not -- or should not be -- at home in Western culture. The Western tattoo seems to hover for much of its history in a space between the cosmetic & the punitive, frequently indicative of & complicated by the practice of penal violations of bodily integrity. It is this fluidity of the tattoo’s meaning, rather than its marginality, that is the focus of this volume. With 75 illustrations.

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