Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2007/2008
Canadian Excellence

Transforming Bodies
0.5 Credit

This course examines the social theory and practice of bodily transformation in its many, often contested, forms, from cosmetic surgery to transgender transitions. The ethical and political potential and danger of transforming bodies will be discussed, as well as their personal and cultural meanings. The aim is to critically examine the multiple and various ways in which bodies are modified, selves are formed and transformed, and culturally specific knowledges and practices are mediated, produced or altered.