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Section 15 Course Description

Course Name: Embodied Resistance
Section 15
Instructor: Avery Tompkins

The physical body. We all have one, inhabit one, and maintain one every day.  The dominant narrative in the U.S. is that the body is a natural or biological entity, as opposed to something social.  But what happens when we consider the body to be more than a conglomeration of biological processes, tissues, and cells?  What changes when we consider the body to be part of the social realm, infused with cultural meaning, constructing and constructed by social norms and, therefore, capable of resisting these norms as well? 

This course focuses on the body as a political site of resistance, where the biological meets the social in relation to rule-breaking.  We will examine intersectional narratives about the body that are often considered to be inappropriate, hush-hush, private, unpopular, and undisciplined.  Given this, students should be open to intellectually discussing a variety of topics related to the body, including, but not limited to: food/eating, body hair, menstruation, pregnancy, tattoos and body modification, bathrooms, religion, gender, and sexuality. 

* Note that this course engages with scholarly work on topics that are potentially triggering for some people.  Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns about this prior to registration.