- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bloombury; Reprint edition (12 Feb. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628922125
- ISBN-13: 978-1628922127
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 74.2 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History Paperback – 12 Feb 2015
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The Vagina is exactly what it purports to be: a literary and cultural history of impressive breadth and frequently rewarding depth . The Vagina remains an informative and considered book: it is a resource, and a source of power. A polyphonic mixture of high and low, it will engage the feminist philosopher at home with Kristeva, as well as those comparably new to these ideas. The Vagina is not, to borrow a term from Laurie Penny, the feminism-as-spectacle that Wolf and many others who court the mainstream gaze are so keen to offer us; rather it is feminist writing of the best kind, that which comes from genuine engagement and real political concern. Jane Cleasby, Review31"
About the Author
Emma L.E. Rees is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Chester, UK.
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To explore this idea, Rees considers various cultural and artistic representations of the vagina, from literature to performance art, Frida Kahlo to South Park. Witty and intelligent, the author never seeks to patronise or preach but puts across her passion for the subject eloquently.
An accessible book, this is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.
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Sadly,medical school (in the 1980s) did not teach female medicine well.The anatomy and physiology of the female genitalia perhaps,but this excellent book looks at the social and cultural aspects as well.I think this should be a required text for any doctor dealing with females.Well done Ms.Rees!
In a highly fascinating study, the author explicates with skill historical, literary, and artistic concepts, such as the vagina dentata myths (from Aztec tales to Native American Hopi Indians, for example) and contemporary medical and emotional concerns related to FGM. Anyone interested in Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s History, Pop Culture, and Social and/or Literary History should absolutely read Rees’s book. It ought to be on every woman’s reading list. Although this topic may seem intimidating to some, Rees tackles it with amazing clarity and careful study--the seriousness of the study frequently giving way to wonderfully rollicking humor. An absolutely terrific read!
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