Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 430 pages
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In many fields, the body is the topic generating exciting new research and interdisciplinary inquiry. Feminist theorists, in particular, have focused on the female body as the site where representations of difference and identity are inscribed. Drawn from a broad range of disciplines, Writing on the Body explores the tensions between women's lived bodily experiences and the cultural meanings inscribed on the female body. The volume includes classic and contemporary essays on rape, pornography, eroticism, anorexia, body building, menstruation, and maternity, and challenges racial, class and sexual categories. Complemented by the editors' introduction, Writing on the Body is a comprehensive sourcebook on the major theoretical positions and critical trends surrounding the female body.

 

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User Review  - HeatherLee - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful collection of essays for anyone looking for an introduction to feminist theory, or simply for new ways to perceive and analyze the body. The bitesize samples of Judith Butler ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Solid collection with some old school gems and new feminist voices as well. It's useful as a resource too since the bibliography at the back is extensive. If you are into body stuff from the ... Read full review

Contents

Medical Metaphors of Womens Bodies Menstruation and Menopause
15
Rape On Coercion and Consent
42
Mothers Monsters and Machines
59
Corporeal Representation inand the Body Politic
80
The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity
90
Bodies in Production
111
Selling Hot Pussy Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace
113
Foucault Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power
129
This Sex Which Is Not One
248
Hysteria Psychoanalysis and Feminism The Case of Anna O
257
The Persistence of Vision
283
Carnal Acts
296
Body on Stage
307
One Is Not Born a Woman
309
Female Grotesques Carnival and Theory
318
The Empire Strikes Back A Posttranssexual Manifesto
337

On Being the Object of Property
155
Film and the Masquerade Theorizing the Female Spectator
176
The Body and Cinema Some Problems for Feminism
195
Cinema and the Dark Continent Race and Gender in Popular Film
208
The Body Speaks
229
Aint I a Woman?
231
La conciencia de la mestiza Towards a New Consciousness
233
A Provoking Agent The Pornography and Performance Art of Annie Sprinkle
360
Tracking the Vampire
380
Performative Acts and Gender Constitution An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory
401
Suggestions for Further Reading
419
About the Contributors
427
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About the author (1997)

Katies Conboy is associate professor of English at Stonehill College.

Nadia Medina is lecturer in the department of English and director of the Academic Resource Center at Tufts University.

Sarah Stanbury is associate professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross.

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