Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast

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Merril D. Smith
Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 8, 2014 - Social Science - 300 pages
Boobs. Tits. Hooters. Knockers. Jugs. Breasts. We celebrate them; we revile them. They nourish us; they kill us. And regardless of what we call them, breasts have fascinated us since prehistoric times. This A-to-Z encyclopedia explores the historical magnitude and cultural significance of the breast over time and around the world.

A team of international scholars from various disciplines provides key insights and information about the breast in art, history, fashion, social movements, medicine, sexuality, and more. Entries discuss depictions of breasts on ancient figurines, in Renaissance paintings, and in present-day advertisements. They examine how fashion has emphasized or de-emphasized the breast at various times. They tackle medical issues—such as breast augmentation and breast cancer—and controversies over breastfeeding. The breast as sexual object and even a site of smuggling are also covered. As a whole, the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast takes an engaging and accessible look at this notable body part.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chronology of Selected Breast Events
5
A
9
B
24
C
76
D
91
E
97
F
103
M
154
N
180
O
182
P
184
R
207
S
216
T
233
U
250

G
121
H
126
I
134
J
144
K
145
L
147
V
254
W
256
Y
272
Selected Bibliography
275
About the Editor and Contributors
285
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Merril D. Smith, PhD, is an independent scholar in National Park, NJ. She is the author or editor of several published works, including Encyclopedia of Rape, Women's Roles in Eighteenth-Century America and Sex and Sexuality in Early America. Smith holds a doctorate from Temple University.

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