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Contested Bodies Key Reading List

Contested Bodies, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof Ruth Holliday
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Contested Bodies Key Readings


Week 1

Gilman, Sander L. (1985) ‘Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature’, Critical Inquiry, 12 (1), 204-242. (Available online via the library catalogue.)

Kristeva, Julia (1982) The Powers of Horror; An Essay on Abjection (, Chapter 3 ‘From Filth to Defilement’, pp56-90.

Laqueur, Thomas (1990) Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud, Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press. Chapter 1.


Week 2

Grosz, Elizabeth (1993) Bodies and Knowledges: Feminism and the Crisis of Reason, in Alcoff and Potter (eds) Feminist Epistemologies, London: Routledge.

Shildrick, Margrit (1997) Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, postmodernism and (bio)ethics, London: Routledge Ch 3

Most of you will have already read:

Foucault, Michel (1977) Discipline and Punish, London: Penguin, Chapter 1 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 16/02/2022) 


Week 3

Butler, Judith (1994) Gender as Performance An Interview with Judith Butler, Radical Philosophy 67, Summer: 32-39. Judith Butler, Lynne Segal and Peter Osborne: Judith Butler / Radical Philosophy

Wacquant, Loic (1995) Pugs at Work: Bodily Capital and Bodily Labour among Professional Boxers, Body & Society 1(1):65-93. doi:10.1177/1357034X95001001005

Young, Iris Marion (2005) On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 2: ‘Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spatiality’. (Available as an e-book via the library catalogue.)


Week 4

Bourke, J. 1996. Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain and the Great War. London: Reaktion Books  

Gill, R, Henwood, K. and McLean, C. (2005) ‘Body Projects and the Regulation of Normative Masculinity’, Body and Society 11 (1), 37-62. (Available online via the library catalogue.)

Mercer, Kobena (1999) ‘Ethnicity and internationally: New British art and diaspora‐based blackness’, Third Text  13.49 (1999): 51-62.


Week 5

Bernstein, E. (2007) Temporarily Yours. Intimacy, Authenticity and the Commerce of Sex. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Introduction.

Smith, M and Juno Mac, J (2018) Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights, London: Verso – Chapters 1&2

Teela Sanders, Maggie O'Neill, Jane Pitcher (2018) Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Politics, London: Sage Chapter 3.

Wolkowitz, Carol, Cohen, Rachel Lara (2013) Body/Sex/Work: Intimate, embodied and sexualized work, Palgrave – Introduction. Body/Sex/Work - Carol Wolkowitz|Rachel Lara Cohen|Teela Sanders - Macmillan International Higher Education (


Week 6

Holliday, Ruth and Elfving-Hwang, Joanna (2012) ‘Gender, Globalization and Aesthetic Surgery in South Korea’, Body and Society. 18 (2), 58-81.

Gimlin, Debra (2007) ‘Accounting for Cosmetic Surgery in the USA and Great Britain: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women’s Narratives’. Body & Society 13 (1), 43-62. (Available online via the library catalogue.)

Edmonds, Alex (2010) Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil. Durham: Duke University Press. Sections: ‘Aesthetic Health’ (pp. 114-123); ‘My Black is my Brand’ (pp. 150-162) and ‘The Vanity of Maids’ pp. 195-204. (Available on the VLE.)


Week 7

Cooper, C. (1997). Can a Fat Woman Call Herself Disabled, Disability and Society. 12 (1): 31-41.

Guthman, J (2011) Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice and the Limits of Capitalism Berkeley: University of California Press (Ch. 3: Whose problem is obesity?)

Herndon, A M (2005) “Collateral damage from friendly fire? Race, nation, class and the ‘war against obesity” Social Semiotics 15(2): 127-141

Kirkland, A (2011) The environmental account of obesity: a case for feminist scepticism Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 36(2): 463-485


Week 8

Scheper-Hughes, N (2011) Mr Tati’s Holiday and João’s Safari - Seeing the World through Transplant Tourism, Body & Society, 17 (2-3) 55-92.

Murphy, Michelle (2006) Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental politics, technoscience, and women workers, Durham: Duke. Introduction

Petryna, Adriana (2013) Life Exposed: Biological citizens after Chernobyl, New Jersey: Princeton University Press – Chapter 1.


Week 9

Baldwin, K (2018) “Conceptualising women’s motivations for social egg freezing and experience of reproductive delay”  Sociology of Health and Illness 40(5): 859-873

Federici, Sylvia (2019) Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism, PM Press

Murphy, M. (2012). Seizing the means of reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience. Durham, Duke University Press. Chapter 1: Feminism in/as biopolitics.

Roberts, DE (2009) “Race, gender and genetic technologies: a new reproductive dystopia” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 34(4): 783-804


Week 10

Bahner, Julia (2015) Sexual professionalism: for whom? The case of sexual facilitation in Swedish personal assistance services. Disability & Society, 30 (5): 788-801.

Kafer, Alison (2013) Feminist, Queer, Crip, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Chapter 2.

Kulick, Don & Jens Rydström (2015) Loneliness and Its Opposite. Sex, Disability, and the Ethics of Engagement Durham: Duke University Press.

Malmberg, Denise (2012) “To be cocky is to challenge norms”. The impact of bodynormativity on bodily and sexual attraction in relation to being a cripple. Lambda Nordica, (1-2): 194-216. Available Online Here

Shildrick, Margrit (2007) Contested Pleasures: The Sociopolitical Economy of Disability and Sexuality. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 4 (1): 53–66.

This list was last updated on 07/01/2022