NTC: The Body in American Popular Culture

Monday, October 15, 2012

9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Marjorie Jolles, Roosevelt University
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Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The body plays a paradoxical role in contemporary conceptions of the self. On the one hand, we conceive of the body as simply the physical home of an inner self and therefore not essential to identity. On the other hand, the body marks the self in crucial social ways—identifying the self with a particular gender, race, age, and class. This seminar examines this tension by looking at representations of the body in American popular culture and exploring the philosophical roots of contemporary notions of embodiment, to reveal the ways bodies matter to our beliefs about morality, power, and the self–even as we disavow its importance. In this seminar, we will also discuss strategies for teaching students to decode images and ideologies of the body.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org