Erect Men/Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender,

Erect Men/Undulating Women: The Visual Imagery of Gender, "Race" and Progress in Reconstructive Illustrations of Human Evolution / Edition 1

by Melanie G. Wiber
     
 

Based on intensive study of human origin illustrations, responses from students and colleagues and research into reconstructive illustration and feminist criticism of Western art, this ground-breaking book traces the subtle ways in which paleoanthropological conventions have influenced and have shifted in the creation of these illustrations. Wiber reveals that

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Based on intensive study of human origin illustrations, responses from students and colleagues and research into reconstructive illustration and feminist criticism of Western art, this ground-breaking book traces the subtle ways in which paleoanthropological conventions have influenced and have shifted in the creation of these illustrations. Wiber reveals that embedded meanings in these illustrations go beyond gender to include two other ubiquitous themes—racial superiority and upward cultural progress. Underlying all these themes, she found a basic conservatism in the paleoanthropological approach to evolutionary theory.

Erect Men/Undulating Women provides a deeper understanding of popularized illustrations of human origins, but, more importantly, it encourages readers to gain a sensitivity to the ways in which Western culture constructs “scientific” findings that are compatible with its deeply held beliefs and values.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889203082
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
11/14/1997
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1Of Gender, "Race," Progress and Evolution: Human Evolution Reconstructive Illustration1
2Contested Knowledge in the Human Evolution Story Field: Man the Hunter versus Woman the Gatherer17
3Reconstructive Human Evolution Illustrations: Utilizing Western Art Conventions in a Contested Story Field47
4Gender: The Ubiquitous Story Operator75
5Conflation and the Significant Other: Racism and Codes of the Primitive105
6Window or Mirror? Primates and Foragers: Analogies of the Pre-Cultural Life121
7Progress: Inevitable as Moral Rewards - The Ultimate Story Operator153
8Lucy as Barbie Doll: Eroticism in the Human Evolution Meta-Narrative189
9The Commodification of Human Evolution: Selling a Story Field through Illustrations203
10Conclusions and Future Directions for Research227
Figures241
References Cited257
Index279

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