Reading Material

All readings are to be completed before we meet for that week. When there are multiple readings, attack them in the order they are listed.

Week 1 – January 23
Introductions; Body, Gesture, Movement

Marcel Mauss, “Techniques of the Body”

Giorgio Agamben, “Notes on Gesture”

Alex Pittman, “Dis-Assembly Lines: gestures, situations, and surveillances”

Week 2-January 30
Social Construction & Material Reality: What is a somatic fiction?

Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter (Preface & Intro)

Ann Pellegrini, Performance Anxieties. Introduction and Oedipus Reps

Emily Martin, The Egg and The Sperm

Week 3-February 6th
Governing Bodies: Introduction to Biopolitics

Michel Foucault, “The Right of Death and the Power Over Life,” from the History of Sexuality Volume I Page 133-End

Giorgio Agamben, “What is an apparatus?” Page 1-24

Emilia Sanabria, “Hormonal Biopolitics: From Population Control to Self-Control”

Week 4-February 13th
Bodily Dis/ability

Robert McRuer, “Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Disabled Existence”

Jasbir Puar, “Prognosis Time: towards a geopolitics of affect, debility and capacity”

Jacqueline Rose, “Bantu in the Bathroom: the trial of Oscar Pistorius”

The Economist: “Illness as Indicator”

Ann Neuman, “The Patient Body: Our Sick Body Politic”

Week 5-February 27th
Political Economy & Body Politics I

Shelly McKenzie, Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America YOU GOTTA BUY THIS BOOK!! 

Week 6-March 6th
Political Economy & Body Politics II

Lisa Duggan, The Twilight of Equality (Introduction)

Patricia Clough, The Affective Turn (Forward & Introduction)

David Getsy, “Keyword: Capacity” from Transgender Studies Quarterly

Hella Tsaconas, “Bad Math: Calculating Bodily Capacity in Cassils’s Cuts: a traditional sculpture”

Week 7-March 20th
Sex Work I

Paul B. Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era
YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!! it’s also available on kindle though.

Week 8-March 27th
Sex Work II

Margot Weiss, Techniques of pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality
another book you have to buy!!!!!!

Film: Live Nude Girls Unite!

Week 9-April 3rd
Race and Corporeality

Frantz Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness”

Sara Ahmed, “A Phenomenology of Whiteness”

Jennifer Doyle, “Dirt off Her Shoulders”

Week 10-April 10th
The Black Athlete

Nicole Fleetwood, “Introduction” and “The Black Athlete: Racial Precarity and the American Sports Icon,” from On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination.

Tavia Nyong’o, “The Unforgivable Transgression of Being Caster Semenya”

Week 11- April 17th
Case Study: Jack Johnson

Theresa Runstedtler, Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner. ANOTHER BOOK TO BUY!! THIS IS THE LAST ONE!

Week 12-April 24th
Virtuosic Femininity

Week 13-May 1st
Resistance & Experimentation