Special Course Descriptions

PHL 294 11/GEN 294 11 Philosophy, Feminism, and the Body
Professor Benson

Our identities are shaped by categories like race, gender, sexuality, and disability. In this course we will examine how these types of categories shape our embodied lives and how such categories are reinforced in medical practice, reproductive technologies, cosmetics, the fitness and diet industries. The body is a place where theory and flesh exist in an uneasy relationship. We will seek to understand this contentious relationship and to understand the possibilities for resisting the social domination advanced through these categories. Readings will be drawn from race theory, feminist theory, disability studies, and queer theory. Authors are likely to include Bartky, Bordo, Foucault, Halperin, and bel hooks. Prerequisite: Completion of first year writing requirement, or equivalent.