Body-related class offered at Carleton Fall Term 2010!
Hello all you Happy Bodies out there!
Just to let you all know, the American Studies department at Carleton is offering a class this fall called “Extraordinary Bodies in American Culture.” The description is as follows:
What makes a body extraordinary? How have humans modified their bodies to challenge social expectations or turn “ordinary” bodies into extraordinary ones? How have science and technology helped make the spectacular body more “normal”? What do these modifications reveal about social concepts of masculinity and femininity, normalcy and deviance, power and agency? This course examines intersections of engineering, design, performance, and the human body in American culture. We will engage with complex social issues, including freak shows, cosmetic surgery, bodybuilding, prostheses, and tattoos to understand technology’s role in reinforcing and challenging ideas of bodily norms in the U.S.
Sadly, I can’t take it because it’s at the same time slot as another class I have to take for my major but I encourage all you Carls out there to consider it!