Bordo’s writing contributes to a body of feminist, cultural, and gender studies, linking modern consumer culture directly to the formation of gendered bodies. Bordo specializes in contemporary culture and its relation to the body, focusing on modern female disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, cosmetic surgery, beauty, and evolutionary theory. She also deals with racism and the body, issues of masculinity, along with issues of sexual harassment.
The first lecture on Monday, September 19 will be held in McCandless Hall on the Athens State University campus. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the topic being “Elizabeth I’s Challenge to the Masculinity of the Royal Body.”
The second lecture on Monday, September 19 will be held at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II building at 133 2nd Avenue NE in Decatur. The topic will be “From Anne Boleyn to Hillary Clinton: Politics, Gender, and Myth.
Bordo is the author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, The Male Body, and Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Her book Unbearable Weight was named a Notable Book of 1993 by the New York Times; it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received a Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women In Psychology.
The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.