Written on the Body: The Tattoo in European and American History

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ISBN-13: 978-0691057231
ISBN-10: 9780691057231
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Editorial Reviews


"This is the rare collection that can be read from cover to cover, even by the non-specialist. And such a reading is rewarded by many pleasant surprises . . . This volume will seduce a wide variety of readers in history, anthropology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and colonial and postcolonial studies. I enthusiastically recommend it."--David Horn, author of Social Bodies: Science, Reproduction and Italian Modernity

"This anthology, which is rarely scarred by academic jargon, fascinates with its detail, covering enough surface to show how much more is left to be explored."--Edward Rothstein, The New York Times

"Tattoos have a strange double-nature. They have an uncanny power to affront, yet they also exert an almost irresistible fascination, even on historians. Jane Caplan's collection of essays from 14 estimable British and American historians provides an informative exploration and interpretation of the tattoo in Western Culture."--Rob Mitchell, Boston Herald

"This eccentric and entertaining collection of essays makes a strong case for thinking that we should look more closely at human skin. . . . There aren't many places where Betty Boop, Wagner, and a succubus or two can be found jostling each other for space. One could be on the tatooed body. The other is in this brilliantly scholarly and scatty book."--Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Art Newspaper

"[An] amazingly rich volume. . . . Caplan's anthology of essays is stimulating for further work on the very idea of body ornamentation as a source of cultural history."--Sander L. Gilman, American Historical Review

About the Author

Jane Caplan is Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor of European History at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of Government Without Administration: State and Civil Service in Weimar and Nazi Germany, editor of Nazism, Fascism and the Working Class: Essays by Tim Mason, and coeditor of Reevaluating the Third Reich and Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices since the French Revolution(forthcoming from Princeton).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (June 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780691057231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691057231
  • ASIN: 0691057230
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin on February 27, 2006
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Anyone interested in a serious understanding of the cultural importance of tattooing in the West would benefit from reading this book. (Caplan is now a distinguished professor of history at Oxford University.) If you're looking for something superficial and sensational, look elsewhere. This book offers much richness between its covers.
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This book has some interesting papers, but makes for a bit tedious reading.
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