Body and the Politics of Representation

❑ Read through the article by Susan Bordo and complete the paper. Here is the requirement for the essay. Bordo asks us to think about the history of Western conceptions of the body from at least the time of ancient Greece. She asks the reader to recognize the dominant metaphors of the relationships between mind/body that find their ways into a massive range of contemporary discourses and cultural, aesthetic artifacts. Choose a cultural text that deals with the body, and produce an argument relating to how the body is represented. Does it conform to the Platonic or Cartesian conceptions? Does it push us to think about the body in new ways? Whatever the case might be, what are the social or political implications of the particular representation of the body you’re considering.