Feminism and the Body

Paperback | June 1, 2000

EditorLonda Schiebinger

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This collection of classic essays in feminist body studies investigates the history of the image of the female body; from the medical 'discovery' of the clitoris, to the 'body politic' of Queen Elizabeth I, to women deprecated as 'Hottentot Venuses' in the nineteenth century. The text look atthe way in which coverings bear cultural meaning: clothing reform during the French Revolution, Islamic veiling, and the invention of the top hat; as well as the embodiment of cherished cultural values in social icons such as the Statue of Liberty or the Barbie doll. By considering culture as itdefines not only women but also men, this volume offers both the student and the general reader an insight into the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study involved in feminist body studies.

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This collection of classic essays in feminist body studies investigates the history of the image of the female body; from the medical 'discovery' of the clitoris, to the 'body politic' of Queen Elizabeth I, to women deprecated as 'Hottentot Venuses' in the nineteenth century. The text look atthe way in which coverings bear cultural me...

Londa Schiebinger is the Professor of the History of Science at Pennsylvania State University. She has won the Ludwik Fleck Book Prize (Society for Social Studies of Science) for her previous publication Nature's Body, and the History of Women in Science Prize (History of Science Society) for her article Why Mammals are Called Mammal...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198731914

ISBN - 13:9780198731917

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Notes on contributorsIntroduction, Londa SchiebingerScientific (Mis)representationsSkeletons in the Closet: The First Illustrations of the Female Skeleton in Eighteenth Century Anatomy, Londa Schiebinger'Amor Veneris, vel Dulcedo Appeletur', Thomas LaqueurThe Birth of Sex Hormones, Nelly OudshoornHermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex, Alice Domurat DregerThe Body PoliticIcons of Divinity: Portraits of Elizabeth I, Andrew Belsey and Catherine BelseyFreedom of Dress in Revolutionary France, Lynn HuntGender, Race, and Nation: The Comparative Anatomy of 'Hottentot' Women in Europe, 1815-1817, Anne Fausto-SterlingHard Labor: Women, Childbirth, and Resistance in British Caribbean Slave Societies, Barbara BushEmbodied IdealsThe Slipped Chiton, Marina WarnerThe Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women's Role, Parry Jo Watson and Mary KennedyMasculinitiesI Could Have Retched All Night: Charles Darwin and His Body, Janet BrowneThe Jewish Foot, Sander GilmanBig Man, Little Woman: The Ideal Couple, Sabine GieskeRestrained BodiesThe Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideal of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture, Jacqueline Urla and Alan SwedlundFoot-binding in Neo-Confucian China and the Appropriation of Female Labor, C. Fred BlakeThe Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling, Nilufer GoleGuide to Further ReadingIndex