Humans and Bodies: Theories of Embodiment
Cross-listed as REL313 / WGSS303
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
Requirements/Evaluation: papers, class participation
Enrollment Preference: majors
Distributions: Division II;