Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. / Edition 1

Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. / Edition 1

by Susan Bordo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520211022

ISBN-13: 9780520211025

Pub. Date: 02/10/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

Susan Bordo deciphers the hidden life of cultural images and the impact they have on our lives. She builds on the provocative themes introduced in her acclaimed work Unbearable Weight - which explores the social and political underpinnings of women's obsession with bodily image - to offer a singularly readable and perceptive interpretation of our image-saturated…  See more details below

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Susan Bordo deciphers the hidden life of cultural images and the impact they have on our lives. She builds on the provocative themes introduced in her acclaimed work Unbearable Weight - which explores the social and political underpinnings of women's obsession with bodily image - to offer a singularly readable and perceptive interpretation of our image-saturated culture. As it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between appearance and reality, Bordo argues, we need to rehabilitate the notion that not all versions of reality are equally trustworthy. Looking to the body and bodily practices as an arena in which cultural fantasies and anxieties are played out, Bordo examines the mystique and the reality of empowerment through cosmetic surgery. Her incisive analysis of sexual harassment in the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill controversy, as well as in films such as Disclosure, challenges media-driven caricatures of sexuality. Bordo also sharply diagnoses the continuing marginalization of feminist thought, in particular the failure to read feminist work as cultural criticism. In a final powerful collaborative essay entitled "Missing Kitchens," Bordo and her sisters Binnie Klein and Marilyn Silverman explore notions of bodies, place, and space through a moving recreation of the topographies of their childhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520211025
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/10/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Braveheart, Babe, and the Contemporary Body27
P.C., O.J., and Truth66
Never Just Pictures107
Can a Woman Harass a Man?139
Bringing Body to Theory173
The Feminist as Other192
Missing Kitchens214
Notes243
Index257

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