Nudity: A Cultural Anatomy

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Bloomsbury Academic, Sep 4, 2004 - Social Science - 288 pages
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We alternately think of nudity as a perversion and a state of innocence. Why is our response so contradictory and why is nudity treated so differently in different contexts? Drawing on popular culture, literature, philosophy, religion, and firsthand interviews in order to answer these questions, Barcan encounters morticians, nudists, strippers, nurses, tattooists, artists and pornographers. Shining a light on a topic that has been largely ignored despite its ability to titillate, shock and entertain, Nudity is a fascinating blend of meaningful minutiae and big philosophical questions about this most unnatural state of nature.

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With the claim that this universal, provocative subject has received little academic scrutiny outside of art studies (WorldCat backs her up), Barcan (Univ. of Western Sydney, Australia) embarks on a ... Read full review


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The NudityClothing Dialectic
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Ruth Barcan is Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney. She lives in Australia.

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