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Nudity : a cultural anatomy

Author: Ruth Barcan
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York : Berg, 2004.
Series: Dress, body, culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We alternately think of nudity as a perversion and a state of innocence. Why is our response so contradictory and why is nudity treated so differently in different contexts? Drawing on popular culture, literature, philosophy, religion, and firsthand interviews in order to answer these questions, Barcan encounters morticians, nudists, strippers, nurses, tattooists, artists and pornographers. Shining a light on a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barcan, Ruth.
Nudity.
Oxford, UK ; New York : Berg, 2004
(OCoLC)643935875
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Barcan
ISBN: 1859738729 9781859738726
OCLC Number: 54416112
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The nudity/clothing dialectic --
The metaphor of nudity --
Unnatural nature : mess, savagery, perversion, crime --
The nude republic : celebrity, "ordinariness" and identity --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Dress, body, culture.
Responsibility: Ruth Barcan.
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Why does nudity mean so many contradictory things, and why is it treated so differently in different contexts? Drawing on a wealth of examples from popular culture, literature, philosophy and  Read more...

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'Ultimately it's fascinating, as it could hardly fail to be.'Giles Whittell, Times'Ive met a lot of folks that think a lot about nudity, but none understand it as well as Ruth Barcan. Nudity: A Read more...

 
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