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Body Aesthetics

Sherri Irvin


The body is a rich object for aesthetic inquiry. We aesthetically assess our own bodies and those of others, and our felt bodily experiences—as we eat, have sex, and engage in other everyday activities—have aesthetic qualities. The body, whether depicted or actively performing, features in aesthetic experiences of visual art, theater, dance and sports. Body aesthetics can be a source of delight for both the subject and the object of the gaze. But aesthetic consideration of bodies also raises acute ethical questions: the body is intertwined with identity and sense of self, and aesthetic assessm ... More

Keywords: race, gender, sexuality, ethics, art, performance, sports, disability, identity, police violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherri Irvin, editor
University of Oklahoma

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