Tattoos, Desire and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television

Tattoos, Desire and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television

by Karin Beeler
     
 

Whether they graphically depict an individual's or a community's beliefs, express the defiance of authority, or brand marginalized groups, tattoos are a means of interpersonal communication that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the tattoo's place in today's popular culture is all around—in advertisements, on the stereotypical outlaw character in

Overview

Whether they graphically depict an individual's or a community's beliefs, express the defiance of authority, or brand marginalized groups, tattoos are a means of interpersonal communication that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the tattoo's place in today's popular culture is all around—in advertisements, on the stereotypical outlaw character in films and television, in supermarket machines that dispense children's wash-away tattoos, and even in the production of a tattooed Barbie doll.

This book explores the tattoo's role, primarily as an emblem of resistance and marginality, in recent literature, film, and television. The association of tattoos with victims of the Holocaust, slaves, and colonized peoples; with gangs, inmates, and other marginalized groups; and the connection of the tattoo narrative to desire and violence are discussed at length.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423897
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/07/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Karin Beeler is the English department chair at the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada. She has published in various areas of film and television studies, including screen culture for children.

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