Bodies matter

While many of the books mentioned in this essay incorporate the concepts of feminist theories of the body into their arguments, there are several important essay compilations that use feminist theories of the body as the guiding principle to organize concepts and categories for a historical analysis on the female body. These compilations provide excellent perspectives on feminist theories of the body and are important works for scholars to consider. Editors Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick’s (2010) Feminist Theory and The Body introduces important essays on a wide variety of topics related to the female and body. This work combines key feminist essays covering a comprehensive view of differing feminist theoretical approaches to the body. The contributors offer a range of perspectives on women’s issues related to the body. Writing on the body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory edited by Katie Conboy, Nadia Medina and Sarah Stanbury (2006) also looks closely at feminist theories of the body with a specific focus on the tensions between women’s lived bodily experiences and the cultural meanings inscribed on the female body. Conboy, Medina and Stanbury provide an overview of the field, starting with the fact that the body has been at the center of feminist theory because historically, women have been determined by their bodies. The editors organized twenty-four essays around the idea of the female body to illustrate inclusively ways of thinking of through female embodiment.

 

Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Human Bodies, Posthuman Worlds, edited by Amanda K. Booher and Julie Jung (2018) is designed to forge cross-disciplinary alliances between feminist rhetorics, rhetorics of science and feminist science studies. This work theorizes the most recent “material turn” in the intersections of feminist rhetorics and rhetorics of science. In Rhetorical Bodies, editors Jack Selzer and Sharon Crowley (1999) introduce the multiple meanings of how technology and postmodern rhetoric influence our understanding of the body in a collection of essays that suggest the wide range of public arenas in which rhetoric is operative.