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TRANSFORMING BODIES: MAKEOVERS AND MONSTROSITIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE. Heike Steinhoff. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2015. 280 pp. with 6 ills. 21 x 13 cm. ISBN 9781137493781 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: At the turn of the twenty-first century, American media abound with images and narratives of bodily transformations. Transforming Bodies investigates how these representations have become key sites for the negotiation of power. Focusing on the representations of 'extreme' forms of somatic transformations, particularly cosmetic surgery, this book examines iconic popular cultural texts from diverse media and genres. The reality TV show The Swan, the TV drama series Nip/Tuck, Chuck Palahniuk's (post-)postmodern novels Invisible Monsters and Invisible Monsters Remix, and Scott Westerfeld's young adult fiction series Uglies are read as expressions of the heterogeneous biopolitical discourses that are articulated in the American mediascape. In contemporary American culture, representations of body transformations are often part of a makeover paradigm that presents bodies as 'beautiful,' 'individual' and 'improved' if they adhere to normative constructions of gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, and able-bodiedness. However, Transforming Bodies demonstrates that a number of popular cultural texts take up narrative structures, representational strategies and ideological underpinnings of makeover culture in order to re-write them. These texts link makeovers to images, practices and narratives of monstrosity and thereby challenge cultural norms. At the crossroads of American, cultural, literary, media, gender,
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