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Tattoos In American Visual Culture
     

Tattoos In American Visual Culture

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by Mindy Fenske
 

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In analyses of tattoo contests, advertising, and modern primitive photographs, the book shows how images of tattooed bodies communicate and disrupt notions of gender, class, and exoticism through their discursive performances. Fenske suggests working within dominant discourse to represent and subvert oppressive gender and class evaluations.

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In analyses of tattoo contests, advertising, and modern primitive photographs, the book shows how images of tattooed bodies communicate and disrupt notions of gender, class, and exoticism through their discursive performances. Fenske suggests working within dominant discourse to represent and subvert oppressive gender and class evaluations.

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"Accessible and wonderfully organised utilising a plethora of examples to demonstrate how the aesthetic perception of tattoos and the tattoo culture has shifted from deviance to social acceptance in the United States." - The Kelvingrove Review

"Unique in its focused study of the image-object of tattoos, Tattoos in American Visual Culture masterfully analyzes a range of texts - from flash books to parlor spaces to human bodies - in order to advance an original and provocative argument about the performance of performativity. As an interdisciplinary meeting of ethnography, textual/rhetorical studies, performance studies, and visual culture, Fenske's account of the tattoo will not only appeal to scholars and students interested in the performance of everyday life, but also to anyone who has suffered - or dreamed of suffering - under the ink gun." - Joshua Gunn, University of Texas at Austin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230262843
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
910 KB

Meet the Author

Mindy Fenske is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of South Carolina. She is the winner of the 2005 National Communication Association’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for her 2004 essay: “The Aesthetic of the Unfinished: Ethics and Performance.” Recent publications have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.

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