The Resource Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America, John F. Kasson

Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America, John F. Kasson

Label
Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America
Title
Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man
Title remainder
the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America
Statement of responsibility
John F. Kasson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In his new book, John F. Kasson examines the signs of crisis in American life a century ago, signs that new forces of modernity were affecting men's sense of who and what they really were." "When the Prussian-born Eugen Sandow, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder, toured the United States in the 1890s, Florenz Ziegfeld cannily presented him as the "perfect man," representing both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity extolling self-development and self-fulfillment. With Harry Houdini, the dream of escape was literally embodied in spectacular performances in which he triumphed over every kind of threat to masculine integrity - bondage, imprisonment, insanity, and death. Then, when Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan swung from tree to tree and into the public eye in 1912, the fantasy of a perfect white Anglo-Saxon male was taken further, escaping the confines of civilization but reasserting its values, beating his chest and bellowing his triumph to the world. Kasson's liberally illustrated and persuasively argued study analyzes the themes linking these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context. Concern with the white male body - with exhibiting it and with the perils to it - suffused American culture in the years before World War I, he suggests, and continues with us today."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kasson, John F.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1090.3
LC item number
.K39 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sandow, Eugen
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Tarzan
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice
  • Houdini, Harry
  • Sandow, Eugen
  • Men in popular culture
  • Masculinity in popular culture
  • Human body
  • Tarzan (Fictitious character)
  • Mannelijk lichaam
  • Moderniteit
  • Populaire cultuur
  • Tarzan
  • Körperkultur
  • Mann
  • Human body
  • Masculinity in popular culture
  • Men in popular culture
  • Tarzan (Fictitious character)
  • USA
  • United States
Label
Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America, John F. Kasson
Link
https://archive.org/details/houdinitarzanper00kass
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Who is the perfect man? : Eugen Sandow and a new standard for America -- The manly art of escape : the metamorphoses of Ehrich Weiss -- "Still a wild beast at heart" : Edgar Rice Burroughs and the dream of Tarzan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 256 pages
Isbn
9780809088621
Lccn
00053669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45438299
  • (OCoLC)ocm45438299
Label
Houdini, Tarzan, and the perfect man : the white male body and the challenge of modernity in America, John F. Kasson
Link
https://archive.org/details/houdinitarzanper00kass
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Who is the perfect man? : Eugen Sandow and a new standard for America -- The manly art of escape : the metamorphoses of Ehrich Weiss -- "Still a wild beast at heart" : Edgar Rice Burroughs and the dream of Tarzan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 256 pages
Isbn
9780809088621
Lccn
00053669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45438299
  • (OCoLC)ocm45438299

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