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Body aesthetics
Irvin, Sherri, editor.
First Edition.
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xvii, 330 pages ; 24 cm.
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"Donated by Emine Lâle Demirtürk."
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The body is a rich object for aesthetic inquiry. We aesthetically assess both our own bodies and those of others, and our felt bodily experiences - as we eat, have sex, and engage in other everyday activities - have aesthetic qualities. The body, whether depicted or actively performing,features centrally in aesthetic experiences of visual art, theatre, dance and sports.Body aesthetics can be a source of delight for both the subject and the object of the gaze. But aesthetic consideration of bodies also raises acute ethical questions: the body is deeply intertwined with one's identity and sense of self, and aesthetic assessment of bodies can perpetuate oppressionbased on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, size, and disability. Artistic and media representations shape how we see and engage with bodies, with consequences both personal and political.This volume contains sixteen original essays by contributors in philosophy, sociology, dance, disability theory, critical race studies, feminist theory, medicine, and law. Contributors take on bodily beauty, sexual attractiveness, the role of images in power relations, the distinct aesthetics ofdisabled bodies, the construction of national identity, the creation of compassion through bodily presence, the role of bodily style in moral comportment, and the somatic aesthetics of racialized police violence.

Table of Contents

Sherri IrvinMaria del Guadalupe DavidsonA. W. EatonC. Winter HanDeborah L. RhodeShirley Anne TateGlenn ParsonsStephen DaviesTobin SiebersJill SigmanBarbara Gail MonteroPeg Brand Weiser and Edward B. WeiserYuriko SaitoGeorge YancyRichard ShustermanAnn J. CahillSheila Lintott and Sherri Irvin
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: Why Body Aesthetics?p. 1
Part I Representation
1 Black Silhouettes on White Walls: Kara Walker's Magic Lanternp. 15
2 Taste in Bodies and Fat Oppressionp. 37
3 From "Little Brown Brothers" to "Queer Asian Wives": Constructing the Asian Male Bodyp. 60
Part II Look
4 Appearance as a Feminist Issuep. 81
5 A Tale of Two Olympians: Beauty, "Race," Nationp. 94
6 The Merrickitesp. 110
7 And Everything Nicep. 127
Part III Performance
8 In/Visible: Disability on the Stagep. 141
9 Live, Body-Based Performance: An Account from the Fieldp. 153
10 Aesthetic Effortlessnessp. 180
11 Misleading Aesthetic Norms of Beauty; Perceptual Sexism in Elite Women's Sportsp. 192
Part IV Practice
12 Body Aesthetics and the Cultivation of Moral Virtuesp. 225
13 White Embodied Gazing, the Black Body as Disgust, and the Aesthetics of Un-Suturingp. 243
14 Somaesthetics and the Fine Art of Eatingp. 261
15 Sexual Desire, Inequality, and the Possibility of Transformationp. 281
16 Sex Objects and Sexy Subjects: A Feminist Reclamation of Sexinessp. 299
Indexp. 319