What do we mean when we talk about 'the body'? This Reader challenges the assumption that it can be invoked as a neutral, or indeed natural, point of reference in critical discussion or cultural practice. The essays collected here foreground the historical construction of 'the body' throughout a range of discourses from the modern to the postmodern, and seek to present it not as a biological 'given', but as a contestable signifier in the articulation of identities.
About the Author
TIFFANY ATKINSON is Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK.
Table of ContentsGeneral Editor's Preface.- Acknowledgements.- DEPTHS.- Introduction;T.Atkinson.- The Renaissance Body: From Colonization to Invention;J.Sawday.- Second Meditation: Of the Nature of the Human Mind and that it is Easier to Know than the Body;R.Descartes.- A Case of Hysteria: Fräulein Elisabeth Von R.;S.Freud.- The Incitement to Discourse;M.Foucault.- DIFFERENCE.- Seduction and Guilt;C.Clément.- 'Who Kills Whores?', 'I Do,' says Jack: Race and Gender in Victorian London;S.L.Gilman.- Nietzscheanism and the Novelty of the Superman;M.Boscagli.- Male Bodies and the 'White Terror';K.Theweleit.- The Fact of Blackness;F.Fanon.- DECONSTRUCTIONS.- Womanliness as Masquerade;J.Riviere.- The Anorexic Body: Reading Disorders;A.Bray.- Bodies That Matter;J.Butler.- Intensities and Flows;E.Grosz.- E.Probyn.- Piercings;M.Torgovnick.- Summaries and Notes.- Notes on Contributors.- Suggestions for Further Reading.- Index.