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Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory

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In many fields, the body is the topic generating exciting new research and interdisciplinary inquiry. Feminist theorists, in particular, have focused on the female body as the site where representations of difference and identity are inscribed. Drawn from a broad range of disciplines, Writing on the Body explores the tensions between women's lived bodily experiences and th ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 14th 1997 by Columbia University Press (first published 1997)
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Gayle Noble
A good introduction to the problems with the objectification and 'othering' of the female body, and the academic work being undertaken in the last twenty years. A bit 'dry' in places, it was overall very informative. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Patrick
Jul 20, 2007 Patrick rated it liked it
This book is a MUCH better introduction to feminism (especially feminism related to sex and the body) than Feminism and Pornography (which I read right before this one).

Although this is a taxing read at times, it is much more entertaining than some of the more dry and academic literature on feminism. If you want something better than a dumbed down primer on feminism, but not to be bored to death, this is a good start.
Sarah
May 22, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
Solid collection with some old school gems and new feminist voices as well. It's useful as a resource too since the bibliography at the back is extensive. If you are into body stuff from the traditional gaze fare to the less academic and more quirky female bodybuilding trends, and the cultural impact of Annie Sprinkle, dip into this one.
Chris Ma
Jun 04, 2013 Chris Ma rated it liked it
A good anthology, but editing could have been better. There is no index of keywords, which could be very useful for an eclectic anthology like this, and not enough introductions to lay out the background and context.
Jen
Jun 08, 2010 Jen marked it as to-read
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Contains an essay by Judith Butler titled "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory."
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