Merpeople: A Human History

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Reaktion Books
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6.3 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author
Vaughn Scribner is assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and Early American Civil Society.
"Merpeople offers an imaginative and beautifully illustrated survey of the persistent yet mutable fascination that these compound creatures have exerted over the last few millennia."--Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Merpeople is an impressive work. It provides a thoroughly researched overview of the circulation of mermaids and mermen in various cultural contexts. Scribner's analyses are well-supported by a range of striking visual material and the book is a valuable contribution to studies of the interface between folklore and popular culture."--Philip Hayward, University of Technology Sydney, and editor of Scaled for Success: The Internationalisation of the Mermaid
"Scribner's thorough, engaging, much-needed book fills an enormous gap in scholarship on mermaids. While serving as a comprehensive overview of their significance in Western culture, the book expands into examining merpeople globally, making it essential reading for anyone interested in how mermaids, or mythological creatures generally, shape and are shaped by cultures."--Jennifer A. Kokai, Weber State University, and author of Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature