PL EN


2006 | 60 | 1(272) | 40-47
Article title

The Baboon-Woman, the Bear-Woman. The History of Viewing Julia Pastrana

Title variants
Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
The point of departure is the life of Julia Pastrana, an unusually hirsute Mexican woman who during the second half of the nineteenth century was exhibited as a freak, the missing link, or the Ape Woman, and who also attracted the attention of men of science. Her biography provides us with insight into the nature of viewing people endowed with bodies contrasting with the norms recognized by society. Their public display is interpreted as a phenomenon associated with the social approach to a basically ambiguous fascination with situations in which 'obvious' cultural divisions into human and animal, female and male, primeval and civilized, or living and dead, have been crossed. The latter motif is brought to the forefront by an analysis of the fate of the mummified mortal remains of Julia Pastrana, on show up to the 1970s. The article also reflects on the tension emergent between the domains of entertainment and science, treated as mutually inspiring.
Year
Volume
60
Issue
Pages
40-47
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • A. Wieczorkiewicz, Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
07PLAAAA02164555
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.a2b1e88d-8b0e-3424-9f2c-50dbda0e0c67
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.