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Chang and Eng reconnected : the original Siamese twins in American culture

Author: Cynthia Wu
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012.
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"Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker have fascinated the world since the nineteenth century. In her captivating book, Chang and Eng Reconnected, Cynthia Wu traces the 'original Siamese twins' through the terrain of American culture, showing how their inseparability underscored tensions between individuality and collectivity in the American popular imagination. Using letters, medical documents and exhibits,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Chang Bunker; Eng Bunker; Chang Bunker; Eng Bunker; Chang Bunker; Eng Bunker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Wu
ISBN: 9781439908686 1439908680 9781439908693 1439908699 9781439908709 1439908702
OCLC Number: 777654628
Description: xiii, 203 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Locating material traces in the archives --
Labor and ownership in the American South --
Solving the mystery of their union --
Strange Incursions into medical science at the Mutter Museum --
Pt. 2. Reading literature and visual cultures --
Late-nineteenth-century visions of conflict and consensus --
Asian Americans bare/bear the hyphen --
Disciplining and normalizing the woman subject in contemporary literature and film --
Pt. 3. Observing and participating --
Our esteemed ancestors.
Responsibility: Cynthia Wu.

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Considering Chang and Eng's body in America from the nineteenth century to the present  Read more...

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"Wu...has steered her book in a completely different direction from the usual accounts of Chang and Eng, away from the sideshow fascination about disability and also the mechanics of joined twins Read more...

 
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