Sunday, July 15, 2012

Study "The Body"

The Body

a course instructed by Terri Gordon-Zolov

The New School

15 sessions: Tuesdays, 4-5:50pm, beginning August 28

Noncredit tuition: $650
"You do not realize how the headlines that make daily history affect the muscles of the human body," the dancer Martha Graham once commented.  This course examines the relationship between politics, social tensions, and cultural values and muscles, movement, and skin--a relationship that has made the body one of the most visible signs of 20th-century culture.  We study deployments of the body in Europe and the United States, covering the historical and contemporary avant-garde; body culture and life reform movements; war and propaganda; and cabaret, dance, and performance art. How can we "read" the body? How do representations of the body reflect and support prevalent notions of race, gender and nation? In what ways do images of the body critique and subvert cultural norms? We study literature, history, art and cultural documents, including articles in the press and political manifestoes; fictional works by Kafka, Apollinaire, Junger, and Carrington; artworks by Hans Bellmer, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Orlan; and theoretical texts by Freud, Foucault, Kracauer, Sontag, and others.  We also spend class time viewing paintings, photography, and performance art. (3 credits)
Terri Gordon-Zolov, PhD, Columbia U.; assistant professor of comparative literature. New School Bachelor's Program; co-editor of "Citizenship," special issue, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) (Spring/Summer 2010); has published articles on Josephine Baker, cabaret, performance art, and postwar film; recipient of The New School's Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003.

For registration information, visit The New School online.

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