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'BODY STUDIES' EXPERT TO GIVE
GRADUATE STUDIES LECTURE AT UK

By Ralph Derickson

 

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Bordo has written several books, but the title that captured the most attention was "The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private." Her other books include "The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture, "Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body," and "Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J."

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March 19, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Susan Bordo, an English professor who is credited with creating a new interdisciplinary field of work known as "body studies," will speak at a University of Kentucky Graduate Student Symposium at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the W.T. Young Library Auditorium.

Bordo is professor of English and Women's Studies at UK and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in Humanities. The topic of her address is "The Body and Culture." The Graduate Student Symposium title is "Communicating in a Changing World." The address is free and open to the public.

Bordo has written several books, but the title that captured the most attention was "The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private." Her other books include "The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture, "Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body," and "Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J."

One reviewer said Bordo's book "Unbearable Weight" was ''the first book to draw attention to the profound role of cultural images in the spread of eating problems across race and class."

The book was named a "Notable Book of 1993" by The New York Times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


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