Transforming Bodies

Makeovers and Monstrosities in American Culture

Authors: Steinhoff, H.

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At the turn of the twenty-first century, American media abound with images and narratives of bodily transformations. At the crossroads of American, cultural, literary, media, gender, queer, disability and governmentality studies, the book presents a timely intervention into critical debates on body transformations and contemporary makeover culture.

About the authors

Heike Steinhoff is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Her main areas of research are gender studies, theories and representations of the body, and sexuality in American culture and cultural theory. She is the author of Queer Buccaneers: (De)Constructing Boundaries in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Film Series.

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"In Transforming Bodies, Steinhoff performs a detailed and insightful examination of the ways in which popular cultural articulations of transforming bodies function as sites upon which contemporary political, cultural, technological, and ethical concerns about the self and the social are played out. Her strategic appropriation of the ubiquitous makeover narrative, coupled with her innovative account of 'technologies of monstrosity', makes Steinhoff's engagement with oft-overlooked texts such as Chuck Palahniuk's novels, and Scott Westerfeld's youth science fiction series Uglies, a stand-out in the ever growing field of body modification studies." - Nikki Sullivan, Macquarie University, Australia

"In language that is both accessible and rigorous, Heike Steinhoff illuminates the contours of a makeover culture gone monstrous. Through the figure of the excessive body mapped out across several iterations of US popular culture, Steinhoff lucidly demonstrates how efforts to govern the social body through control of the individual body both reproduce and undermine norms of embodiment, the self, and the aberrant. Transforming Bodies helps us see how transformation writes a new kind of beauty on the body, a beauty simultaneously gorgeous and grotesque." - Brenda R. Weber, Indiana University, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Transforming Bodies: An Introduction

    Steinhoff, Heike

    Pages 3-13

  • Body Thoughts: Transforming Bodies in the ‘New Body Theories’

    Steinhoff, Heike

    Pages 14-38

  • Extreme Makeovers: Transforming Bodies in Popular Culture

    Steinhoff, Heike

    Pages 41-85

  • Monstrous Makeovers: Somatechnics of Resistance in Postmodern Consumer Culture — Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters

    Steinhoff, Heike

    Pages 86-133

  • Troubling Subjects: Beauty, Plastic Surgery, and (Non-)Normative Bodies in Cosmetic Surgery Culture — FX’s Nip/Tuck

    Steinhoff, Heike

    Pages 134-184

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transforming Bodies
Book Subtitle
Makeovers and Monstrosities in American Culture
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49379-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137493798
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49378-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 267
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