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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 330 Bodies in Public (4)

In a public world where bodies experience injustice, inequality, suffering, violence, and a lack of control, how have humans responded with conceptions of grace, pleasure, identity, and beauty? How do bodies become public sites for contested power relations, medical or legal regulation, or the justification of inequality? How do we experience desire, longing, health, violence, harm, sickness, death, limits, and borders in the body? And how can we reimagine bodies in public? This course explores conceptions of the body, the soul, desire, and power in key texts drawn from the fields of politics, history, religion, philosophy, art, and poetry from pre-modern, modern, and contemporary authors.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities; PDE; World Engagement: CV
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Gutterman, Petersen Boring

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