By Cynthia Wu
Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker have interested the realm because the 19th century. In her attractive ebook, Chang and Eng Reconnected, Cynthia Wu strains the “Original Siamese Twins” in the course of the terrain of yankee tradition, exhibiting how their inseparability underscored tensions among individuality and collectivity within the American well known imagination.
Using letters, scientific records and indicates, literature, paintings, movie, and relatives lore, Wu offers a trans-historical research that provides the Bunkers as either a cloth presence and as metaphor. She additionally exhibits how the twins determine in representations of race, incapacity, and technological know-how in fictional narratives approximately kingdom building.
As astute marketers, the twins controlled their very own lives; still, as Chang and Eng Reconnected indicates, American tradition has continually considered them during the a number of lenses of difference.
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Chang and Eng Reconnected: The Original Siamese Twins in American Culture by Cynthia Wu