Captivity, cannibalism, the circus, trading in bodies, prostitution
-- these subjects are all examined in Body Trade, the first
scholarly book to explore postcolonial issues in relation to the
body in Australia and the Pacific. In this fascinating analysis, a
team of international scholars from a range of disciplines --
anthropology, literature, film, art history, and culture studies --
examine the historical significance of the way in which the human
body has been held captive, traded, and placed on display
throughout the western world.
The essays contained in Body Trade cover an extraordinary range
of topics from events, exhibitions, and artworks dating from the
time of Captain Cook's voyages in the Pacific, to a discussion of
contemporary film, video, literature, and painting. They explore
the West's fascination with the body of the "other": the body as
primitive, captive, cannibalized, tattooed, and erotic.
This book makes a significant contribution to the field of
cultural studies and will interest all those who are involved in
fine arts, film, anthropology, indigenous studies, and history, as
well as the general public.
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