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The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Race in France


One of the greatest "discoveries" of modern historical thought has been that even the human body has aspects which are historically contingent.  This course examines the way historians of modern France have tackled this issue, exploring images, discourses, and anxieties regarding the human body from the 18th through 20th centuries. In discussing and depicting the human body, artists, politicians, and medical practitioners were also discussing and depicting problems facing modern French society, such as class unrest, industrial and political change, colonial violence, and upheaval in the domestic sphere.

Satisfies Historical Thought requirement.
Counts as an elective in the French & Francophone Studies major (prior departmental approval required).
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.