Transgressive Bodies

Autor: Niall Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317007387
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In recent years the body? has become one of the most popular areas of study in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Transgressive Bodies offers an examination of a variety of non-normative bodies and how they are represented in film, media and popular culture. Examining the non-normative body in a cultural studies context, this book reconsiders the concept of the transgressive body?, establishing its status as a culturally mutable term, arguing that popular cultural representations create the transgressive or freak? body and then proceed to either contain? its threat or (s)exploit it. Through studies of extreme bodybuilding, obesity, disability and transsexed bodies, it examines the implications of such transgressive bodies for gender politics and sexuality. Transgressive Bodies engages with contemporary cultural debates, always relating these to concrete studies of media and cultural representations. This book will therefore appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including media and film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology, sports studies and cultural theory.

Transgressive Bodies

Autor: Niall Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317007395
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In recent years the body has become one of the most popular areas of study in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Transgressive Bodies offers an examination of a variety of non-normative bodies and how they are represented in film, media and popular culture. Examining the non-normative body in a cultural studies context, this book reconsiders the concept of the transgressive body , establishing its status as a culturally mutable term, arguing that popular cultural representations create the transgressive or freak body and then proceed to either contain its threat or (s)exploit it. Through studies of extreme bodybuilding, obesity, disability and transsexed bodies, it examines the implications of such transgressive bodies for gender politics and sexuality. Transgressive Bodies engages with contemporary cultural debates, always relating these to concrete studies of media and cultural representations. This book will therefore appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including media and film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology, sports studies and cultural theory.

Transgressive Bodies

Autor: Dr Niall Richardson
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409492680
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In recent years the “body” has become one of the most popular areas of study in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Transgressive Bodies offers an examination of a variety of non-normative bodies and how they are represented in film, media and popular culture. Examining the non-normative body in a cultural studies context, this book reconsiders the concept of the “transgressive body”, establishing its status as a culturally mutable term, arguing that popular cultural representations create the transgressive or “freak” body and then proceed to either “contain” its threat or (s)exploit it. Through studies of extreme bodybuilding, obesity, disability and transsexed bodies, it examines the implications of such transgressive bodies for gender politics and sexuality. Transgressive Bodies engages with contemporary cultural debates, always relating these to concrete studies of media and cultural representations. This book will therefore appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including media and film studies, cultural studies, gender studies, sociology, sports studies and cultural theory.

Utopian Bodies And The Politics Of Transgression

Autor: Lucy Sargisson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134610513
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What do we want? What do we believe to be wrong with the world? How can we best change it? How should we live? Given the world as it is, how can we best achieve our dreams and desires? Utopian Bodies is, quite simply, a new approach to thinking about theory. Using the dominant themes of green and feminist politics, this fascinating and original text creates a new notion of utopian thought and life - "transgressive utopianism". This new concept is not a blueprint for an ideal polity; instead it demonstrates an approach to the world that is both idealistic and pragmatic, focussing on bodies of thought in relation to bodies of people: communities. Also spanning philosophy, political theory and deconstruction, this book is especially relevant today as the millennium marks a time of resurgence in utopian studies

Island Bodies

Autor: Rosamond S. King
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ISBN: 9780813062068
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Island Bodies analyzes cultural production from Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora writers that flouts sexual norms. The chapters focus on how homosexuality, interracial relationships, transgendered people, and women's sexual agency are portrayed in film, music, and literature.

Queering The Weimar Archive

Autor: Brit Erin Schulte
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This thesis aims to complicate the legacy of queer Weimar Era Berlin by looking at two of its most transgressive performance artists: Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste; and through them embrace counter archives or alternative archives that more comprehensively include queer and trans* histories and memory. I begin by addressing the many currents of body culture during 1920s Germany: Korperkultur, Lebensreform, Nacktkultur and even acts of Lustmord. Addressing these currents includes tracing the anxieties of World War I, popular consumer advertisements, sexist pseudo-scientific behavior guides and the racial profiling of health and intelligence. I then move to visually analyzing and interpreting era-specific studio and performance photographs featuring contemporaries of Berber and Droste's, including The Tiller Girls, Mary Wigman, and Valeska Gert. This analysis demonstrates how Berber and Droste, as performers, diverged from the dominant trends within the dance culture of their time; also allowing for a discussion of the his/herstorical legibility of queerness and transgressive bodies. Finally, I draw on queer theory, erotohistoriography, and deviant ephemeral archival practices to consider how Berber and Droste's dances, writing, and lives queer the Weimar Archive writ large.

Odious Caribbean Women And The Palpable Aesthetics Of Transgression

Autor: Gladys M. Francis
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498543510
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Odious Caribbean Women and the Palpable Aesthetics of Transgression examines the methods through which the works of French Caribbean women resist hedonistic conceptions of pleasure, “art for art’s sake” aestheticism, and commodification through representations of “uglified” spaces, transgressive “deglamorified” women’s bodies in pain and explicit corporeal and sexual behaviors. Gladys M. Francis offers an original approach through her reading together of the literary, visual, and performing arts (as well as traditional Caribbean dance, music, and oral practices) to arrive at a transregional (trans-Caribbean and transatlantic), trans-genre (with regard to forms of text), and transdisciplinary conversation in Francophone studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies. This interweaving is illustrated through the artistic engagements of artists such as Ina Césaire, Maryse Condé, Sylvaine Dampierre, Fabienne Kanor, Lénablou, Béatrice Mélina, Gisèle Pineau, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and Miriam Warner-Vieyra. How can we investigate, theoretically or critically, the aesthetically unpleasing found in depictions of odious female protagonists or female performers? What is the aesthetic value of transgressional women’s bodies? This book presents novel tools to understand how these women artists mark and re-instate embodied trauma, survival, and resistance into history. It posits that cultural performances can disrupt a culture-as-text ethnocentrism, for, these works provide the means to expose the tangible aesthetics through which the body becomes an archive that bears the psychological, physical and structural suffering. This project also demonstrates the ways through which the corporeal realm offered by these transgressive works (through explicit female perspectives on sex, love, and gender) challenges our moral sensibilities, works to sabotage the voyeuristic gaze, and stimulates a new methodology for reading the women’s body. It focuses on the complex layers of identity formation and bodily representations with respect to issues of sex, consumerism, commodification, violence, gender and women studies, and ethics and moral issues.

Body Studies The Basics

Autor: Niall Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317692616
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Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key concerns and debates surrounding the study of the sociological body, cutting across disciplines to cover topics which include: Nature vs. Culture: how we ‘build’ and transform our bodies Conformity and resistance in bodily practice Issues of body image – beauty, diet, exercise and age Sporting bodies and the pursuit of ideals Enfreakment, disability and monstrosity Cyborgs and virtual online bodies With further reading signposted throughout, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone studying the body through the lens of sociology, cultural studies, sports studies, media studies and gender studies; and all those with an interest in how the physical body can be a social construct.