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A history of the breast

by Yalom, Marilyn.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 391.6 YAL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  391.6 YAL
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.
Additional Information
Subjects Breast -- Social aspects.
Breast -- History.
Breast in art.
Breast in literature.
Publisher New York :Ballantine Books,1998
Edition 1st Ballantine Books ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published by Knopf, c1997.
Description xii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-313) and index.
ISBN 0345388941 (pbk.) :
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