The Embodied Self

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
American Studies
Course Number: 
215
Institution: 
Amherst College

"The Embodied Self" in American Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary, historically organized study of American perceptions of and attitudes towards the human body in a variety of media, ranging from medical and legal documents to poetry and novels, the visual arts , film, and dance. Among the topics to be discussed are the physical performance of gender; the social construction of the ideal male and female body; health reform movements; athletic achievement as an instrumentalization of the body; commercialization of physical beauty in the fitness and fashion industries; eating disorders as cultural phenomena; the interminable abortion controversy; the equally interminable conflict over pornography and the limits of free speech; and adaptations to the possibility of serious illness and to the certainty of death.


Limited to 25 students. Spring semester.  Professors Couvares, K. Sanchez-Eppler and Lecturer Bergoffen. 

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
AMST-215-01-1617S

Course Sections

The Embodied Self
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Francis Couvares fgcouvares@amherst.edu MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM CHAP 201