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Susan Bordo

by Rob Peeler Jul 22, 2015

Used in the "Feminist Philosophers: In Their Own Words" DVDSusan Bordo is Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture (SUNY Press, 1987), Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (U. of California Press, 1993), Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J. (U. of California Press, 1997) and The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (Farrar, Straus and Giroux,1999.) She is also editor of Feminist Interpretations of Descartes (Penn State Press,1999) and co-editor (with Alison Jaggar) ofGender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing (Rutgers University Press, 1989.)

Bordo’s books and articles range from her ground-breaking interpretation of Descartes, which earned her a place as a feminist “archetype of wisdom” in Douglas Soccio’s philosophy text book Archetypes of Wisdom, to numerous articles and books on contemporary culture and the body, which have been translated into many languages and been highly influential across the disciplines. She is included as one the six major theorists who have shaped literary studies in Michael Spikes’ Understanding Contemporary American Literary Theory, and widely credited with having established the field of “body studies.”

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