Bodily Discursions: Genders, Representations, Technologies

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SUNY Press, 1997 - Psychology - 273 pages
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Bodily Discursions offers a multiplicity of feminist perspectives on the body, especially the female body, from a variety of disciplines: literary history, social theory, art history, cultural studies, the history of rhetoric, film, and literary criticism among others. Subjects range from public punishment of outspoken women during the English Renaissance to current responses to the AIDS pandemic in the popular media. Contributors include Alice E. Adams, Susanmarie Harrington, Catherine Hobbs, Cynthia Huff, Cathy Peppers, Roberta Schreyer, Julie Shaffer, Torri L. Thompson, Angela Wall, Deborah S. Wilson, and Christine Moneera Laennec.
All of the essays offer variations on the same theme the idea that the body is a site for the production of political ideologies, particularly in response to social exigencies and cultural crises. However, there is no single, over-arching ideological model here for feminism, much less for reading the body in a specific historical or cultural moment.
Bodily Discursions offers instead a number of individual voices on a variety of issues and phenomena as they determine the configuration of the body. This book demonstrates that society needs to pay attention to how the body is manipulated if we are to work for social progress and political justice, for it is through our bodies that we all must articulate our experience and live our lives.
"This topic is on the cutting edge of scholarship in both feminist and cultural studies. It is an important contribution to a rapidly evolving field." -- Elizabeth D. Harvey, University of Western Ontario"
 

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Contents

Female Bodies Misbehaving Mortification in Early Modern English Domestic Texts
19
Romance Finance and the Marketable Woman The Economics of Femininity in Late Eighteenth and Early NineteenthCentury English Novels
39
THE BODY BEAUTIFUL
57
Molding Womens Bodies The Surgeon as Sculptor
59
The AssemblyLine Love Goddess Women and the Machine Aesthetic in Fashion Photography 19181940
81
THE MATERNAL BODY
103
Technologies of Misogyny The Transparent Maternal Body and Alternate Reproductions in Frankenstein Dracula and Some Selected Media Discourses
105
Sexual Silencing Anesthetizing Womens Voices in Childbirth 19101960
135
Ive Got You Under My Skin Cybersexed Bodies in Cyberpunk Fictions
163
Will the Reel Woman in Body Double Please Stand Up?
187
DISEASE IN THE BODY POLITIC
199
Women and AIDS Bodily Representations Political Repercussions
201
Conflicts in AIDS Discourse Foucault Surgeon Generals and the Gay Mens Healthcare Crisis
221
Contributors
241
Bibliography
245
Name Index
263

THE BODYMIND CONNECTION
149
Locke Disembodied Ideas and Rhetoric That Matters
151

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About the author (1997)

Deborah S. Wilson teaches in the English Department at Illinois Central College.

Christine Moneera Laennec is a lecturer in the French Department of Aberdeen University, Scotland.