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Big & small : a cultural history of extraordinary bodies

Author: Lynne Vallone
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A groundbreaking work that explores human size as a distinctive cultural marker in Western thought. Author, scholar, and editor Lynne Vallone has an international reputation in the field of child studies. In this analytical tour-de-force, she explores bodily size difference-particularly unusual bodies, big and small-as an overlooked yet crucial marker that informs human identity and culture. Exploring miniaturism,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynne Vallone
ISBN: 9780300228861 0300228864
OCLC Number: 1014003070
Description: xv, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : People big and people small --
Part I. Small bodies. Introduction : The little man ; 1. In the beginning was Tom Thumb ; 2. The dwarf in high and popular culture ; 3. Staging the dwarf ; 4. Lilliputians in blackface --
Part II. Big bodies. Introduction : The monstrous giant ; 5. Gigantic mechanical Boy Scouts ; 6. The obese girl --
Afterword : The human measure.
Other Titles: Big and small
Responsibility: Lynne Vallone.

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