The Resource Cannibal fictions : American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality, Jeff Berglund

Cannibal fictions : American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality, Jeff Berglund

Label
Cannibal fictions : American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality
Title
Cannibal fictions
Title remainder
American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Berglund
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Objects of fear and fascination, cannibals have long signified an elemental "otherness," an existence outside the bounds of normalcy. In the American imagination, the figure of the cannibal has evolved tellingly over time, as Jeff Berglund shows in this study encompassing a strikingly eclectic collection of cultural, literary, and cinematic texts. Cannibal Fictions brings together two discrete periods in U.S. history: the years between the Civil War and World War I, the high-water mark in America's imperial presence, and the post-Vietnam era, when the nation was beginning to seriously question its own global agenda. Berglund shows how P.T. Barnum, in a traveling exhibit featuring so-called "Fiji cannibals," served up an alien "other" for popular consumption, while Edgar Rice Burroughs in his Tarzan of the Apes series tapped into similar anxieties about the eruption of foreign elements into a homogeneous culture. Turning to the last decades of the twentieth century, Berglund considers how treatments of cannibalism variously perpetuated or subverted racist, sexist, and homophobic ideologies rooted in earlier times. Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes invokes cannibalism to new effect, offering an explicit critique of racial, gender, and sexual politics (an element to a large extent suppressed in the movie adaptation). Recurring motifs in contemporary Native American writing suggest how Western expansion has, cannibalistically, laid the seeds of its own destruction. And James Dobson's recent efforts to link the pro-life agenda to allegations of cannibalism in China testify still further to the currency and pervasiveness of this powerful trope. By highlighting practices that preclude the many from becoming one, these representations of cannibalism, Berglund argues, call into question the comforting national narrative of e pluribus unum
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
813.009/3559
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.C34
LC item number
B47 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Cannibal fictions : American explorations of colonialism, race, gender and sexuality, Jeff Berglund
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-225) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
P.T. Barnum's American Exhibition of Fiji Cannibals (1871-1873) -- Literacy, Imperialism, Race and Cannibalism in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes -- The Cannibal at Home: The Secret of Fried Green Tomatoes -- Turning Back the Cannibal: Indigenous Revisionism in the Late Twentieth Century
Control code
ocn681350733
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 233 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282764132
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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.b36895295
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unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)681350733
  • acls0299215938
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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