Beauty Unlimited

Beauty Unlimited

Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/03/2012
Format: Paperback 80 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00649-3
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Emphasizing the human body in all of its forms, Beauty Unlimited expands the boundaries of what is meant by beauty both geographically and aesthetically. Peg Zeglin Brand and an international group of contributors interrogate the body and the meaning of physical beauty in this multidisciplinary volume. This striking and provocative book explores the history of bodily beautification; the physicality of socially or culturally determined choices of beautification; the interplay of gender, race, class, age, sexuality, and ethnicity within and on the body; and the aesthetic meaning of the concept of beauty in an increasingly globalized world.

Author Bio

Peg Zeglin Brand is an artist, Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University–Indianapolis), and Adjunct Instructor in the University of Oregon School of Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and the UO Robert D. Clark Honors College. She is the author of numerous articles in feminist philosophy and aesthetics as well as the editor of Beauty Matters (IUP, 2000) and co-editor with Carolyn Korsmeyer of Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics.


In such different contexts these authors dramatize the various ways that beauty can function in relation to personal desires, artistic values, and social authority. Here we can discover beauty not only as a quality and a value, but also as a project and a practice that drives our lives from both within and without—internal standards, external expectations, and ambivalence meeting in provocative disputation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Carolyn Korsmeyer
Introduction: Peg Zeglin Brand

Part I. Revising the Concept of Beauty: Laying the Groundwork
1. Arthur Danto and the Problem of Beauty Noël Carroll
2. Savages, Wild Men, Monstrous Races: The Social Construction of Race in the Early Modern Era Gregory Velazco y Trianosky
3. Beauty’s Relational Labor Monique Roelofs
4. Queer Beauty: Winckelmann and Kant on the Vicissitudes of the Ideal Whitney Davis
5. Worldwide Women Eleanor Heartney

Part II. Standards of Beauty
6. Jenny Saville Remakes the Female Nude--Feminist Reflections on the State of the Art
Diana Tietjens Meyers
7. Indigenous Beauty Phoebe M. Farris
8. Is Medical Aesthetics Really Medical? Mary Devereaux
9. The Bronze Age Revisited: The Aesthetics of Sun Tanning Jo Ellen Jacobs
10. ¿Tienes Culo? How to Look at Vida Guerra Karina Céspedes and Paul C. Taylor
11. Beauty between Disability and Gender: Frida Kahlo in Paper Dolls Fedwa Malti-Douglas

Part III. The Body in Performance
12. Beauty, Youth, and the Balinese Legong Dance Stephen Davies
13. Bollywood and the Feminine: Hinduism and Images of Womanhood Jane Duran
14. Seductive Shift: A Review of "The Most Beautiful Woman in Gucha" Valerie Sullivan Fuchs
15. Feminist Art, Content and Beauty Keith Lehrer
16. ORLAN Revisited: Disembodied Virtual Hybrid Beauty Peg Zeglin Brand

Part IV. Beauty and the State
17. Beauty Wars: The Struggle over Female Modesty in the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa Allen Douglas and Fedwa Malti-Douglas
18. Orientalism Inside/Out: The Art of Soody Sharifi Cynthia Freeland
19. Beauty and the State: Female Bodies as State Apparatus and Recent Beauty Discourses in China Eva Kit Wah Man
20. Gendered Bodies in Contemporary Chinese Art Mary Wiseman

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