Amending the Abject Body: Aesthetic Makeovers in Medicine and Culture available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Feminist theorists have often argued that aesthetic surgeries and body makeovers dehumanize and disempower women patients, whose efforts at self-improvement lead to their objectification. Amending the Abject Body proposes that although objectification is an important element in this phenomenon, the explosive growth of “makeover culture” can be understood as a process of both abjection (ridding ourselves of the unwanted) and identification (joining the community of what Julia Kristeva calls “clean and proper bodies”). Drawing from the advertisement and advocacy of body makeovers on television, in aesthetic surgery trade books, and in the print and Web-based marketing of face lifts, tummy tucks, and Botox injections, Deborah Caslav Covino articulates the relationship among objectification, abjection, and identification, and offers a fuller understanding of contemporary beauty-desire.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Deborah Caslav Covino is Associate Professor of English at California State University Stanislaus.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Objectification and False Consciousness
Abjection, Agency, and Identification
Communication and Expulsion
Transgression, Identification, and Community
2. Normalizing the Body
4. "I'm Doing It for Me"
"Ana’s Aloha Body"
"Fatima's Flawless Nose"
"Light in Jodi's Eyes"
5. Making Over Abjection
Updating and Upgrading
Freedom of Choice