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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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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionKatie Conboy, Nadia Medina, Sarah StanburyPart 1 Reading the Body1 Medical Metaphors of Women's Bodies: Menstruation and Menopause, Emily Martin2 Rape: On Coercion and Consent, Catharine A. MacKinnon3 Mothers, Monsters, and Machines, Rosi Braidotti4 Corporeal Representation in / and the Body Politic, Moira Gatens5 The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity, Susan BordoPart 2 Bodies in Production6 Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cutural Marketplace, Bell Hooks7 Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power, Sandra Lee Bartky8 On Being the Object of Property, Patricia J. Williams9 Film and the Masquerade: Theorizing the Female Spectator, Mary Ann Doane10 The Body and Cinema: Some Problems for Feminism, Annette Kuhn11 Cinema and the Dark Continent: Race and Gender in Popular Film, Tania ModleskiPart 3 The Body Speaks12 Ain't I a Woman? Sojourner Truth13 La consciencia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness, Gloria Anzaldua14 This Sex which is Not One, Luce Irigaray15 Hysteria, Psuchoanalysis, and Feminism: The Case of Anna O., Dianne Hunter16 Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power17 The Persistence of Vision, Donna Haraway18 Carnal Acts, Nancy MairsPart 4 Body on Stage19 One is Not Born a Woman, Monique Wittig20 Female Grotesques: Carnival and Theory, Mary Russo21 THe Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto, Sandy Stone22 A Provoking Agent: The Pornography and Performance Art of Annie Sprinkle, Linda Williams23 Tracking the Vampire, Sue-Ellen Case24 Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory, Judith ButlerSuggestions for Further ReadingAbout the Contributors
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