Revolting Bodies: Aesthetics, Representation, and Popular Culture
Course Code: AMST 0191O
Our understanding of ourselves and others are formed by visual images and bodily feelings that are social in origin. They make us feel (un)comfortable, sublime, ridiculous, grotesque. In this course we will examine how the materiality of the body grounds our metaphors about identity and subject formation. This course moves between cultural studies, queer theory, disability studies, science fiction, drama and film asking how representations structure they way we "know" and "see" bodies. Ultimately we will explore how revolting bodies--bodies that disgust, repulse, signal their difference--can become bodies in revolt--bodies that resist and imagine new possibilities.
The main objective of this course is for students to understand the importance of representations of the human body in relation to debates about sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and disability. Our understanding of ourselves and others are formed by visual images and bodily feelings that are social in origin. Deploying many methodologies (literary studies, visual culture theory, gender and sexuality studies, and disability studies) and moving across media forms (literature, television, film, and digital media), students will have a strong foundation in a number of approaches deployed by the humanities and social sciences that they will explore in more depth as college students.
Students will have a knowledge of critical concepts in discussing the body and representation, as well as be able to think critically about whether bodies are merely "natural", are socially and textually constructed, or something else entirely.
Enrollment is limited to 17.
There is no prerequisite for this course.