Fall 2020

"The Embodied Self" in American Culture and Society

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-215  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-215

Moodle site: Section 01

Faculty

Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 01)
Francis G. Couvares (Section 02)

Description

(Offered as AMST 215 and SOCI 215) The course is an interdisciplinary, historically organized study of American perceptions of and attitudes towards the human body in a variety of media, ranging from medical and legal documents to poetry and novels, the visual arts, film, and dance. Among the topics to be discussed are the physical performance of gender; the social construction of the ideal male and female body; health reform movements; athletic achievement as an instrumentalization of the body; commercialization of physical beauty in the fitness and fashion industries; eating disorders as cultural phenomena; the interminable abortion controversy; the equally interminable conflict over pornography and the limits of free speech; and adaptations to the possibility of serious illness and to the certainty of death.  Class will meet via Zoom.

Limited to 18 students per section. Fall semester. Professor Couvares and Lecturer Bergoffen.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given, in descending orders, to preregistered juniors & senior Anthropology or American Studies majors who attend the first class; other juniors & seniors who attend the first class; first-year & sophomore Anthro or Amer Studies majors.

Cost: 50 ?

Keywords

Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Online Only

Offerings

2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, , Fall 2020