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Cannibal Fictions: American Explorations of Colonialism, Race, Gender and Sexuality (Hardback)
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Cannibal Fictions: American Explorations of Colonialism, Race, Gender and Sexuality (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 21/06/2006
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Objects of fear and fascination, cannibals have long signified an elemental ""otherness,"" an existence outside the bounds of normalcy. In the American imagination, the figure of the cannibal has evolved tellingly over time, as Jeff Berglund shows in this study encompassing a strikingly eclectic collection of cultural, literary, and cinematic texts. ""Cannibal Fictions"" brings together two discrete periods in U.S. history: the years between the Civil War and World War I, the high-water mark in America's imperial presence, and the post-Vietnam era, when the nation was beginning to seriously question its own global agenda. Berglund shows how P. T. Barnum, in a traveling exhibit featuring so-called ""Fiji cannibals,"" served up an alien ""other"" for popular consumption, while Edgar Rice Burroughs in his ""Tarzan of the Apes"" series tapped into similar anxieties about the eruption of foreign elements into a homogeneous culture. Turning to the last decades of the twentieth century, Berglund considers how treatments of cannibalism variously perpetuated or subverted racist, sexist, and homophobic ideologies rooted in earlier times. Fannie Flagg's novel ""Fried Green Tomatoes"" invokes cannibalism to new effect, offering an explicit critique of racial, gender, and sexual politics (an element to a large extent suppressed in the movie adaptation). Recurring motifs in contemporary Native American writing suggest how Western expansion has, cannibalistically, laid the seeds of its own destruction. And James Dobson's recent efforts to use allegations of cannibalism in China to energize his pro-life agenda testify still further to the currency and pervasiveness of this powerful trope. By highlighting practices that preclude the many from becoming one, these representations of cannibalism, Berglund argues, call into question the comforting national narrative of e pluribus unum.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299215903
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm

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