History of the Breast
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Description: In this provocative, pioneering, and wholly engrossing cultural history, noted scholar Marilyn Yalom explores twenty-five thousand years of ideas, images, and perceptions of the female breast--in religion, psychology, politics, society, and the arts. Through the centuries, the breast has been laden with hugely powerful and contradictory meanings. There is the "good breast" of reverence and life, the breast that nourishes infants and entire communities, as depicted in ancient idols, fifteenth-century Italian Madonnas, and representations of equality in the French Revolution. Then there is the "bad breast" of Ezekiel's wanton harlots, Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth, and the torpedo-breasted dominatrix, symbolizing enticement and aggression. Yalom examines these contradictions--and illuminates the implications behind them. A fascinating, astute, and richly allusive journey from Paleolithic goddesses to modern day feminists, A History of the Breast is full of insight and surprises. As Yalom says, "I intend to make you think about women's breasts as you never have before." In this, she succeeds brilliantly.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/31/1998
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Changing Meanings|
|The Sacred Breast: Goddesses, Priestesses, Biblical Women, Saints, and Madonnas|
|The Erotic Breast: "Orbs of Heavenly Frame"|
|The Domestic Breast: A Dutch Interlude|
|The Political Breast: Bosoms for the Nation|
|The Psychological Breast: Minding the Body|
|The Commercialized Breast: From Corsets to Cyber-Sex|
|The Medical Breast: Life-Giver and Life-Destroyer|
|The Liberated Breast: Politics, Poetry, and Pictures|
|The Breast in Crisis|