Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Social Science - 487 pages
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Without the body there would be no feminist theory. And it's possible to say that without feminist theory there would be no modern body. The body has long been a contested site in feminist circles. From debates about motherhood, pregnancy, and abortion, discussions of pleasure and sex, to more philosophical discussions of embodiment and the gendering of bodies, the major thinkers of feminist theory have reshaped our ideas of how women and men understand what the body is.
In Feminist Theory and the Body Price and Shildrick bring together over 40 of the world's greatest feminist writers to represent the key arguments from all of the different feminist schools of thought on the body. The book's seven sections cover Woman as Body?, Sexy Bodies, Bodies in Science and Biomedicine, After the Binary, Altered Bodies, BodySpaceMatter and Performing the Body. It includes articles on race, cyberspace, theatre, classics, transsexuality, reproductive technologies, illness, rape, plastic surgery, disabilities and much, much more.
Contributors: Anne Balsamo, Christine Battersby, Lynda Birke, Susan Bordo, Rosie Braidotti, Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, Fen Coles, Barbara Creed, Kathy Davis, Heather Findlay, Moira Gatens, Elizabeth Grosz, Judith Halberstam, Evelyn Hammonds, Donna Haraway, Luce Irigaray, Ludmilla Jordanova, Audre Lorde, Helen Marshall, Emily Martin, Trinh T. Min-ha, Nalini Natarajan, Pratibha Parmar, Janet Price, Denise Riley, Gillian Rose, Andrea Benton Rushing, Jana Sawicki, Londa Schiebinger, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lynn Segal, Margrit Shildrick, Felly Nkweto Simmonds, Elizabeth Spelman, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Kristina Straub, Awa Thiam, Alice Walker, Susan Wendell, Juniper Wiley, Jeanette Winterson, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf.
 

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Contents

Introduction
17
Ancient and Contemporary Views
32
Bodies and Biology
42
How Does a Black Woman
50
Why We Should Add
64
Introduction
79
The Nose and Taste
91
Cultural Inscriptions
105
Psychoanalysis and the Body
267
Introduction
275
Interview from Warrior Marks
302
The Trials of the Black African Woman
309
Feminism Disability and Transcendence
324
Introduction
337
Women and Everyday Spaces
359
A MorningMourning Ritual
371

Tribades Tomboys and Tarts
111
The Making of Female Masculinity
125
Cybersexuality
134
The Hot Rod Bodies of Cybersex
140
Living with Cancer
149
The Storm before the Calm
169
How Science
179
Feminism and the
190
Introduction
217
Power Bodies and Difference
227
Bodies that Matter
235
Feminism Foucault and the Politics of the Body
246
Write Your Body and The Body in Theory
258
BodiesCities
381
Sexual Economies
388
Woman Nation and Narration in Midnights
399
Introduction
413
The Guilty Pleasures of Female Theatrical Cross
423
Breaking the Boundaries of the Broken Body
432
Feminine Charms and Outrageous Arms
445
Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist
454
Freuds Fetishism and the Lesbian Dildo Debates
466
Copyright Acknowledgements
477
Name Index
485
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About the author (1999)

Janet Price teaches at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Margrit Shildrick is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and the Institute of Women's Studies, Lancaster.

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