Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (2020)

Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. Susan Bordo Twilight Zones The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O J Considering everything from Nike ads emaciated models and surgically altered breasts to the culture wars and the O J Simpson trial Susan Bordo deciphers the hidden life of cultural images and the i
  • Title: Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J.
  • Author: Susan Bordo
  • ISBN: 9780520211025
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. Susan Bordo Considering everything from Nike ads, emaciated models, and surgically altered breasts to the culture wars and the O.J Simpson trial, Susan Bordo deciphers the hidden life of cultural images and the impact they have on our lives She builds on the provocative themes introduced in her acclaimed work Unbearable Weight which explores the social and political underpinnings ofConsidering everything from Nike ads, emaciated models, and surgically altered breasts to the culture wars and the O.J Simpson trial, Susan Bordo deciphers the hidden life of cultural images and the impact they have on our lives She builds on the provocative themes introduced in her acclaimed work Unbearable Weight which explores the social and political underpinnings of women s obsession with bodily image to offer a singularly readable and perceptive interpretation of our image saturated culture As it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between appearance and reality, she argues, we need to rehabilitate the notion that not all versions of reality are equally trustworthy Bordo writes with deep compassion, unnerving honesty, and bracing intelligence Looking to the body and bodily practices as a concrete arena where cultural fantasies and anxieties are played out, she examines the mystique and the reality of empowerment through cosmetic surgery Her brilliant discussion of sexual harassment reflects on the Clarence Thomas Anita Hill controversy as well as the film Disclosure She suggests that sexuality, although one of the mediums of harassment, is not its essence, and she calls for the recasting of harassers as bullies rather than sex fiends Bordo also challenges the continuing marginalization of feminist thought, in particular the failure to read feminist work as cultural criticism Finally, in a powerful and moving essay called Missing Kitchens written in collaboration with her two sisters Bordo explores notions of bodies, place, and space through a recreation of the topographies of her childhood Throughout these essays, Bordo avoids dogma and easy caricature Consistently, and on many levels, she demonstrates the profound relationship between our lives and our theories, our feelings and our thoughts.
Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. Susan Bordo

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  1. Tucker

    This book is useful for thinking about relativism than for understanding advertising and consumer culture.Bordo presses us to try to understand what we should do with our diverse opinions and experiences When we posit the existence of universal truths, which are obviously frustratingly inaccessible to any human being, we only encourage cynicism and nihilism among our children and students, who know quite well these are the worn and often dangerous fantasies of another time Yet if all we give t [...]

  2. daniel

    nothing groundbreaking here bordo did the theoretical work elsewhere and uses this collection to show how it can be applied to various cases her analyses are clear and insightful without being dense and academic.

  3. Gayle Noble

    I love Susan Bordo s work It s insightful but it s always relatable and doesn t lose you in realms of jargon This book deals with media images, taking in everything from Babe to OJ Simpson, and examines how they are used in society and what cultural meanings they have Rating 4 stars.

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