Written on the Body- The Tattoo in European and American History (2000)
First Edition UK Paperback circa 2000 , minor wear, tight binding. Illustrated scholarly essays on tattooing.
Written on the Body-The Tattoo in European and American History- Jane Caplan (2000)
With essays by Clare Anderson, Susan Benson, James Bradley, Jane Caplan, Juliet Fleming, Alan Govenar, Harriet Guest, Mark Gustafson, C. P. Jones, Charles MacQuarrie, Hamish Maxwell-Stuart and Ian Duffield, Stephan Oettermann, Jennipher Allen Rosecrans and Abby M. Schrader Written on the Body surveys the history of the tattoo in Europe and North America from Antiquity to the present.
While the subject of tattooing has previously been approached from the viewpoints of anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, this is the first book to set the practice into a historical perspective. This is partly because there was no obvious context for writing a serious history of it prior to the emergence of scholarship on the cultural history of the body. The tattoo emerges as a haunting presence on Europe's margins, figuring as something alien and uncanny. It seems to hover for much of its history in a space between the cosmetic and the punitive, frequently indicative of and complicated by the practice of penal violations of bodily integrity. It is this fluidity of the tattoo's meaning, rather than its marginality, that is the focus of Written on the Body.