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Castration: An Abbreviated History of Western Manhood

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This work looks at the West's fascination with, and misunderstanding of, castrated males. Gary Taylor takes in the sweep of Western thought on the operation, focusing on three key periods: the Early Church, one of whose Fathers, Origen, supposedly castrated himself; the Early Modern, when castration was actually depicted on stage by Thomas Middleton; and the 20th century, ...more
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Published October 27th 2000 by Routledge
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Shane
It WAS an amazing book and earned all five stars - I read this one years ago for a class, and if you have to or want to read about castration, this one's written by an uber-creative manic depressive type *as I recall*, and so it's quite funny in places.
Ben
Awesome and entertaining read that helped guide my later BFA work at school. Lots of fascinating history and, as the title implies, humor.
Kit Fox
Bought this one mostly because of the cover. Kinda says it all right there.
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When I finish my other three books, I intend to cut into this one...
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Gary Taylor is George Matthew Edgar Professor of English at Florida State University.

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