Building Bodies

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Pamela L. Moore
Rutgers University Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 266 pages
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Building Bodies is an exciting collection of articles that strive toward constructing theoretical models in which power, bodies, discourse, and subjectivity interact in a space we can call the "built" body, a dynamic, politicized, and biological site. Contributors discuss the complex relationship between body building and masculinity, between the built body and the racialized body, representations of women body builders in print and in film, and homoeroticism in body building. Linked by their focus on the sport and practice of body building, the authors in this volume challenge both the way their various disciplines (media studies, literary criticism, gender studies, film and sociology) have gone about studying bodies, and existing assumptions about the complex relationship between power, subjectivity, society, and flesh. Body building--in practice, in representation, and in the cultural imagination--serves as an launching point because the sport and practice provide ready challenges to existing assumptions about the "built" body.
  

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Contents

ONE FLESHY PARADIGMS
3
On the Muscle
9
Reading the Male Body
31
Feminist Bodybuilding Sex and
74
The Body
87
Bodybuilding and
135
Bodybuilding
165
Competitive
184
Buying into
209
The Mirrored Stages
217
Works Cited
249
About the Contributors
261
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About the author (1997)

Pamela Moore was an American writer educated at Rosemary Hall and Barnard College. Her first book, Chocolates for Breakfast, was published when she was eighteen and became an international bestseller. Moore went on to write four more novels, but none of these enjoyed the success of her first. She died in 1964 at the age of twenty-six, while at work on her final, unpublished novel, Kathy on the Rocks.

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