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Guernica Editions Spring 2019

Plastic's Republic
By (author): Giovanna Riccio
Giovanna Riccio


Guernica Editions - Hamilton



Product Form:


Form detail:

Mass market
Paperback , Mass market


General Trade
Apr 01, 2019
$20.00 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.3 in | 200 gr

Page Count:

120 pages
Guernica Editions
POETRY / Canadian / General
AICW Bressani Literary Prize 2022, Short-listed
In 2019 Barbie turns 60. Never only a toy, she defines the stellar. In Plastic?s Republic, Giovanna Riccio delves into Barbie?s impact on female beauty highlighting how plasticity in body and persona have allowed the doll to remain top-diva. Other poems bring to life, Mattel?s movers-n-shakers who created Barbie to be their in-house money maker. Riccio?s Plastications lyrics illustrate how Barbie?s mouldable nature lets Mattel position their high achiever as ever-relevant, arguably, by exploiting social trends, political movements and historical events. In the Human Barbies section, Barbie becomes plastic surgery?s prophet, spawning ?plastic-positive? people who see their bodies as raw material suitable for actual and virtual surgical doctoring. Riccio?s witty, inimitable poems portray Barbie as a complex, contradictory global celebrity, but also explore the philosophical, feminist and body-image issues that this plastic goddess engenders.
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