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Transforming Bodies

Makeovers and Monstrosities in American Culture


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About this book


At the turn of the twenty-first century, American media abound with images and narratives of bodily transformations. At the crossroads of American, cultural, literary, media, gender, queer, disability and governmentality studies, the book presents a timely intervention into critical debates on body transformations and contemporary makeover culture.


American Studies Gender Studies makeover culture cosmetic surgery body transformation self-mutilation youth literature postmodernism neoliberalism somatechnics monsters monstrosities disability fat Michel Foucault technologies of the self power Nip/Tuck The Swan reality TV American studies culture gender gender studies media transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ruhr-University BochumGermany

About the authors

Heike Steinhoff is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Her main areas of research are gender studies, theories and representations of the body, and sexuality in American culture and cultural theory. She is the author of Queer Buccaneers: (De)Constructing Boundaries in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Film Series.

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“The book is certainly a refreshing read for scholars interested in current trends of American cultural and media studies and, more specifically, the sociology of gendered bodies. But the focus on intermediality and the numerous popular cultural examples hold an interest for lay audiences too … . Steinhoff’s book allows us a glimpse at collective fantasies of postapocalyptic reality acted out on the surface of transforming bodies.” (Anna Kérchy, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Vol. 23 (2), 2017)