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Reading the social body [electronic resource] / edited by Catherine B. Burroughs and Jeffrey David Ehrenreich.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
Reading the social body [electronic resource] / edited by Catherine B. Burroughs and Jeffrey David Ehrenreich.
Publication Date:
1993
ISBN:
9781587290299
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Reading the social body / The social skin / The constructed body / Lesbians and the (re/de) construction of the female body / On the semiotics of torture: the case of the disappeared in Chile / "Who kills whores?" "I do," says Jack: race, gender, and body in Victorian London / Metaphorical representation of the female body in Edgar Degas's A cotton office in New Orleans / Drinking themselves to life, or the body in the bottle: filmic negotiations in the construction of the alcoholic female body / Unamuno: the body and the myth / Spirited bodies in Earl Lovelace's The wine of astonishment / Locke and Blake as physicians: delivering the eighteenth-century body / Inter-mediate stages: reconsidering the body in "closet drama"
Abstract:
The overarching argument of Reading the Social Body is that the body is cultural rather than "natural." Some of the essays treat the social construction of bodies that have actually existed in human history; others discuss the representation of bodies in artistic contexts; all recognize that everything visible to the human body--from posture and costume to the width of an eyebrow or a smile--is determined by and shaped in response to a particular culture.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English