REL 313
Humans and Bodies: Theories of Embodiment Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 303 / REL 313
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What is the body? Does “the body” precede culture, or is “the body” society’s own creation, a contingent assemblage of matter, sensations, and psychosomatics? How does the self, and various types of self, relate to the body? How do sexual selves, racial selves, and gendered selves relate to their own bodies, to other bodies and selves? How are these selves produced through or with the body? How does the self-sense its “own” body? And does the body construct the self, or the self the body? In this course, we’ll ask big questions about the body, its relation to the self, and about embodiment, through reading the most important and timely theories of the body, the self, and embodiment, especially as found in psychoanalytic, phenomenological, feminist, trans, and queer theories and methods.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3397
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: papers, class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 303 Division II REL 313 Division II

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