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Cindy Jackson; “Doll Parts”; Ruth Handler, History of Barbie **•Urla & Swedlund, “The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture” (BB)•Bartky in Conboy•Fatima Mernissi, “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” (BB)Recommended:Kuhn in ConboyMichel Foucault, Discipline and Punishre. the PanopticonNancy Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty(BB)Deborah Rhode, The Beauty Bias4
Karina Eileraas, “’Just Like You’, But Not Like Us: Staging Multiracial Femininity, National Belonging, and Collective Memory in the American Girl Family” Tammy Oler, “Of Woman Borg: Bionic Betties, Radical Robots, and the Evolution of the Artificial Woman” Steve Rose, “Ex Machina and Sci-Fi’s Obsession with Sexy Female Robots” (BB)“Chinese Women Compete to Be As Thin As an A4 Piece of Paper” Vanessa Friedman, “Don’t Ban Photos of Skinny Models” Mallory Schlossberg, “The Supermodel Standard is Dying as a New Mentality Takes Hold in US”Maria Puente, “Modest Fashion Fans Are Covering Up—and Making Waves in USA” W 1/25: Body Politics, Race, Agency & (Self-)Commodification:“Spectacles”, “Freaks”, “Disposable Women”, & (Re)Defining the “Human”**In-class videos: Serena Williams Sports Illustrated cover story NPR; Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”; J. Lo & Iggy Azalea, “Booty”; Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”; Tina Turner; bell hooks “Are You Stilla Slave?” excerpts from New School panel****Recommended Film: “Never Perfect”**•Rosemarie Garland Thomson, “From Freak to Specimen: ‘The Hottentot Venus’ and ‘The Ugliest Woman in the World” (BB)•hooks in Conboy•Marisa Meltzer, “For Posterior’s Sake”, The New York Times(BB)•Priscilla Frank, “Artist’s Nude Self-Portraits Explore Former Sites of Slavery Throughout New York” (BB)•Janell Hobson, “Black Beauty and Digital Spaces: The New Visibility Politics” (BB)•Judith Butler, “What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter’?” (BB)Recommended:Melissa Wright, Intro & Ch.4, Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism(BB)Abigail Solomon-Godeau, “The Other Side of Venus: The Visual Economy of Feminine Display” Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”WEEK 4Rewriting the BodyM 1/30: L’ecriture feminine: Psychoanalysis, Language & Sexual Difference in “French Feminist” Theory**In-class videos: Annie Sprinkle Public Cervix Announcement; Orlan interview/ short film; Cindy Jackson **•Sigmund Freud, “Femininity”(BB)•Irigaray in Nicholson•Helene Cixous, “Laughter of the Medusa” (BB)•Terri Kapsalis, Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum,Ch. 1 & 5 (BB)•Kathy Davis, “‘My Body Is My Art’: Cosmetic Surgery as Feminist Utopia?” (BB)Recommended:Bordo in ConboyJulia Kristeva, “Approaching Abjection” (BB)5
W 2/1: Disciplining the Body & Subject: Sexuality, Power, Discourse, & Normativity**Critical Response Paper #1 Due on Foucault**•Foucault, The History of Sexuality vol. I