Women's Studies 317: Women, Narrative, and the Medical Body;
Prof. Sidonie Smith
This course looked at a variety of representations of the medical bodyfrom the contorted body of the hysterical woman in the nineteenth century to the surgically transformed body of the "plasticized" woman and pumped-up, hyper-healthy body of the female bodybuilder in the late twentieth century. In so doing, it explored how the medical technologies and discourses constituted the normative and abnormative female body and subject. That is, it looked at how these technologies and discourses re/produced a life narrative for women. The course also investigated the self-representational practice through which women reproduce, negotiate, and resist these technologies and discourses.