Gender Studies | Representation and the Body
G310 | 7636 | Weber, B


Representation & the Body asks questions such as: "Why have the
incidences of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders -
especially among women and girls - increased so dramatically in
recent decades?" and "How do competitive sports affect men's images
of their bodies?" This course examines a range of bodily practices
and cultural codes that mark the body and considers why sex-
differentiated body rituals have become so salient in recent times.
The course concentrates on the creation and institutionalization of
sexual difference through representations of the body and also
examines attempts to challenge these representations. Topics
addressed include: chronic dieting; sports and fitness; racially and
culturally specific body alterations; cross-dressing and
transexualism; the commodification of reproduction;
and "alternative" sexualities. Scholarly arguments representing the
body as a site of social control and political struggle receive
critical examination.