Fall 2011

The Embodied Self in American Culture and Society

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-111  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-111


Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 03)
Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)
Allen Guttmann (Section 02)


(Offered as AMST 111 and ANTH 111) "The Embodied Self" in American Culture and Society 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; anorexia, bulimia, and obesity as cultural phenomena; the interminable abortion controversy; the equally interminable conflict over pornography and the limits of free speech; adaptations to possibility of serious illness or injury and to the certainty of death.

Limited to 40 students (20 per session).  Fall semester.  Professors Couvares and Guttmann.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors and then to juniors.

Cost: 50 ?


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2020