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1 Reay, Barry Watching Hannah: Sexuality, Horror and Bodily De-Formation in Victorian England
1861891199 / 9781861891198; Arthur Munby (1828-1910) , a Victorian gentleman and civil servant, was obsessed with bodies of working-class and disfigured women. It was a fascination that led to his eventual secret marriage to the maidservant Hannah Cullwick - a relationship grounded in a complex interweaving of class, gender and racial hierarchies. Barry Reay provides an approach to this obsession and relationship drawing on a vast archive of letters, photographs, poems and sketches. His book details Munby's fixation with female bodies, in particular the daily disruptions of Victorian male ideals of femininity. Watching Hannah is far more than an account of a fetishist of hard-working female hands. Reay unpacks one man's fantasies to reveal wider male preoccupations with femininity, the body, deformity, masculinity, and - most of all - sexuality during a pivotal point in European history. Includes references and an index. Bound in black cloth with 95 illustrations including some of Hannah. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Reaktion Books
London, 2002, First Edition
New in New dust jacket

Illustrated by Photographs and Drawings; 
Price: 12.88 USD
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