The mammaries linger on

Lea, Bronwyn (2012) The mammaries linger on. Sydney, Australia, Nationwide News (The Australian).

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Author Lea, Bronwyn
Title The mammaries linger on
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Nationwide News (The Australian)
Publication date 2012-08-04
Series The Arts
ISSN 1038-8761
Start page 19
End page 19
Total pages 1
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
By Florence Williams
Text Publishing, 288pp, $34.95

CULTURAL histories of body parts are all the rage. Fashions, beliefs and fetishes have been catalogued on everything from hair to navels, thumbs to toes, and all the fun bits between.

Histories of the genitals - a small industry in themselves - tend to have the most tittering titles: no prize for guessing what A Mind of Its Own, Read My Lips or The Rear View are about.

Breasts, in art as in life, are also a popular object of meditation. But cultural histories of the human mammary gland - sketches of saints and a long march through the annals of European art - are rarely as titillating as readers might wish.

And herein lies Florence Williams's point of departure in Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History . Williams leaves St Agatha's breasts to wobble on a platter in the Louvre and turns to science to ask the ontological question of our age: Why is there something rather than nothing?...
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Additional Notes Other title: The curious persistence of the mammaries

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Created: Mon, 25 Mar 2013, 08:50:07 EST by Dr Bronwyn Lea on behalf of School of Communication and Arts