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Houdini, Tarzan and Perfect Man : The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America

Houdini, Tarzan and Perfect Man : The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809055470

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ISBN13: 978-0809055470
ISBN10: 0809055473
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Published: 2001
International: No

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Houdini, Tarzan and Perfect Man : The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809055470

John F. Kasson

ISBN13: 978-0809055470
ISBN10: 0809055473
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Hill and Wang

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

An important new work from one of our premier cultural historians. Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man considers the surprisingly complex evolution in representations of the white male body in late-nineteenth-century America, during years of rapid social transformation. John F. Kasson argues that three exemplars of physical prowess -- Eugen Sandow, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder; Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional hero Tarzan; and the great escape artist Harry Houdini -- represented both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity. They each extolled self-development, self-fulfillment, and escape from the confines of civilization while at the same time reasserting its values. This liberally illustrated, persuasively argued study analyzes the thematic links among these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context.

Author Bio

Kasson, John F. :

John F. Kasson, who teaches history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of Amusing the Million, Rudeness and Civility, and Civilizing the Machine.

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