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The Cosmetic Gaze Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty How the act of looking at our own and others bodies is informed by the techniques expectations and strategies of body modification If the gaze can be understood to mark the disjuncture between how w

  • Title: The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty
  • Author: Bernadette Wegenstein
  • ISBN: 9780262232678
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty By Bernadette Wegenstein, How the act of looking at our own and others bodies is informed by the techniques, expectations, and strategies of body modification.If the gaze can be understood to mark the disjuncture between how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, the cosmetic gaze in Bernadette Wegenstein s groundbreaking formulation is one through which the act of looking at ourHow the act of looking at our own and others bodies is informed by the techniques, expectations, and strategies of body modification.If the gaze can be understood to mark the disjuncture between how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others, the cosmetic gaze in Bernadette Wegenstein s groundbreaking formulation is one through which the act of looking at our bodies and those of others is already informed by the techniques, expectations, and strategies often surgical of bodily modification It is, Wegenstein says, also a moralizing gaze, a way of looking at bodies as awaiting both physical and spiritual improvement In The Cosmetic Gaze, Wegenstein charts this synthesis of outer and inner transformation.Wegenstein shows how the cosmetic gaze underlies the rebirth celebrated in today s makeover culture and how it builds upon a body concept that has collapsed into its mediality In today s beauty discourse on reality TV and Web sites that collect bad plastic surgery we yearn to experience a bettered self that has been reborn from its own flesh and is now itself, like a digitally remastered character in a classic Hollywood movie, immortal.Wegenstein traces the cosmetic gaze from eighteenth century ideas about physiognomy through television makeover shows and facial recognition software to cinema which, like our other screens, never ceases to show us our bodies as they could be, drawing life from the very cosmetic gaze it transmits.

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    1. a necessary read for those working on the constructedness of the beauty concept comprehensively analyzed over the body as it is exhibited in the visual culture The book also skillfully poses the question whether it is today the cosmetic gaze that threatens the female body much seriously than the long criticized critiqued male gaze.

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