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History of the Breast Paperback – March 31, 1998
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Marilyn Yalom's A History of the Breast is a fascinating work focusing on, obviously, the cultural evolution of the perception of the breast. Yalom's text moves chronologically and pulls from any and all material available, from statues to literature and pamphlets, to advertisements and modern social movements. While I was personally most interested in her examination of the breast as it evolved from "The Sacred Breast" of ancient civilizations to "The Domestic Breast" of the Dutch, the text attempts to cover a wide range of subjects extending into politics, psychology, and commercialism.
What I feel is an unfortunate flaw in Yalom's work is her assumptive attitude towards her reader; she assumes that her audience consists solely of other feminist scholars, and seems to be writing directly to them as opposed to a wider audience of scholars and enthusiasts. While very little of the work actually seems to rely on feminist theory and interpretation, Yalom's historical analysis at times appears to be overly-hostile to her subjects (specifically those of the Renaissance) while providing no academic basis for such hostility within this individual work. As a student and instructor of literature, I found her treatment of English literature particularly troubling; it seems to detract from the strength of the writing, as it reduces great works to rather shallow interpretations.Read more ›
The former is more chronological, the latter is more thematic,but each is excellent and written with great insight and breadth of knowledge.
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Interesting work and quite useful in my current art historical researchPublished 6 months ago by Micah-Shea Crenshaw McKibben
Great book, great condition, speedy delivery. Thank you.Published 14 months ago by Treuhaft Library
The title of this book should actually be "A shallow survey of the changing attitudes toward breasts among selected elite groups of white males in Western Europe and North... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Mr. Mike
In nine chapters Marilyn Yalom covers European and American attitudes and use of the female breast from the earliest cities of the Near East to the end of the 20th century. Read morePublished on May 18, 2007 by TammyJo Eckhart