Private Parts: Body in Society
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5546
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Fashion Studies
In this course, we will investigate historical and contemporary cross-cultural ideas about the body and how it functions in society. We begin with the evolution of scientific understandings of the healthy and the diseased body and the cultural interpretation of illness. We then explore the socialization of body function control and practices (such as bathing) and the establishment of boundaries between the self and others. We focus on the growth of cities and establishments of social hierarchies and norms through etiquette and manners, including the increasingly complicated negotiation of the body in public spaces as well as the need to reassess notions of privacy and display. In this context, we explore acceptable and subversive public bodies and gestures. We also seek to understand issues around the concealment and revelation of the body, particularly as it applies to gender.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to: All university graduate degree students.