History Of The Breast by Marilyn YalomHistory Of The Breast by Marilyn Yalom

History Of The Breast

byMarilyn Yalom

Paperback | March 31, 1998

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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.
Marilyn Yalom is a former professor of French and a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is the author of widely acclaimed books, such as A History of the Breast, A History of the Wife, Birth of the Chess Queen, The American Resting Place (with photographer son Reid Yalom), How the Fre...
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Title:History Of The BreastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:March 31, 1998Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345388941

ISBN - 13:9780345388940

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