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This intriguing selection of paintings from top feminist students together with Elspeth Probyn, Penelope Deutscher and Chantal Nadeau engages with and extends the turning out to be feminist literature on lived and imagined embodiment and argues for attention of the outside as a domain the place our bodies take shape - already written upon yet open to unending re-inscription.

Individual chapters reflect on such concerns because the importance of piercing, tattooing and tanning, the attack of self damage upon the surface, the relation among physique portray and the land one of the indigenous humans of Australia and the cultural financial system of fur in Canada. Pierced, mutilated and marked, mortified and glorified, scarred via sickness and stretched and enveloping the surface of one other in being pregnant, pores and skin is noticeable right here as either a boundary and some degree of connection - where the place one touches and is touched by means of others; either the main deepest of studies and the main public marker of a raced, sexed and nationwide historical past.

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