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Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man

Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man

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Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man considers the surprisingly complex evolution in representations of the white male body in late-nineteenth-century America, during years of rapid social transformation. John F. Kasson argues that three exemplars of physical prowess - Eugen Sandow, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder; Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional hero Tarzan; and the great escape artist Harry Houdini - represented both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity. They each extolled self-development, self-fulfillment, and escape from the confines of civilization while at the same time reasserting its values. This liberally illustrated, persuasively argued study analyzes the thematic links among these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context.
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ISBN: 9780809055470

Published Date: January 1, 2002

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Language: English

Page Count: 256

Size: 8.34" l x 5.31" w x 0.81" h