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

Houdini, Tarzan and Perfect Man : The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America (ISBN10: 0809055473; ISBN13: 9780809055470)
ISBN13: 978-0809055470
ISBN10: 0809055473

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0809088621
ISBN10: 0809088622

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 ar ...show moretist 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Published: 07/28/2002
International: No

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The author considers the surprisingly complex change in representations of the white male body in the late 19th century and how they evolved during years of rapid nationalgrowht and social transforma ...show moretion. This illustrated and persuasively argued study analyzes the themes that three exemplars of physical prowess - Eugen Saindow, an international vaudeville star and body builder, the great escape artist Harry Houdini, and Edgar Rice Burrough's fictional hero Tarzan - represented as both ancient ideal of manhood and as modern commodity, and linking their rich historical and cultural context. Notes, index. B&W illus. 256p. ...show less
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