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Taught Bodies


Clare O'Farrell, Daphne Meadmore, Erica McWilliam and Colin Symes

This book is an interdisciplinary exploration of the different ways the body is taught. It details the meticulous training and shaping of the body in a diversity of settings, ranging from the school, university, and workplace to the theatre, cinema, art gallery, and bedroom. What kind of body does all this teaching aim to produce? How should bodies behave in relation to themselves and others? How far are bodies educated in ways of which we are not even aware? These are just a few of the questions posed by the authors in this lively collection.
Contents: Clare O’Farrell/Daphne Meadmore/Erica McWilliam/Colin Symes: Introduction: an anatomy lesson – Helen Yeates: Sleuthing the body: the deadly thrill of learning – Peter Cryle: The Kama Sutra as curriculum – Erica McWilliam: Stuck in the missionary position? Pedagogy and desire in new times – Susie O’Brien: The lecherous professor: «an explosive thriller about naked lust, perverted justice and obsession beyond control» – Christopher Beckey: Wicked bodies: towards a critical pedagogy of corporeal differences for performance – Bronwen Levy: Pedagogy: incomplete, unrequited – Ray Misson/Wendy Morgan: Teaching an embodied aesthetic: towards a different practice of English – Colin Symes: Making an exhibition of education: The Body at the Art Gallery of New South Wales – Caroline Hatcher: Practices of the heart: the art of being a good listener – Daphne Meadmore: Testing bodies of knowledge – Alison Jones: Surveillance and student handwriting: tracing the body – Denise Kirkpatrick/Stephen Thorpe: Iconic (pre)occupations: pedagogy and the body in the Australian Awards for University Teaching – Barbara Brook: Is there any body there? Particular bodies in lecturing spaces – Clare O’Farrell: Celluloid bodies: images of intellectuals in film.