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Perspectives of the Body

COURSE FEATURES
Under the influence of Christianity and the body/mind dichotomy, most notably advocated by René Descartes, the corporeal body in Western culture has always been regarded subordinary to the mind. While in Chinese philosophy the human body is a complete entity that mirrors the universe, behavioural norms have constrained how the body posits itself in the society. Critical thinkers of the 20th century endeavoured to broaden the notion of the corporeal body, from the “container” of the soul to the vessel of our subjectivity, or a knowledge system that runs parallel to the mind. These thinkers have also identified the agency of the body in societal contexts. This lecture series introduces approaches to the contemplation of body, including,

  • Mikhail Bakhtin: the grotesque body of Rabelais
  • Huang Jin Lin (黃金麟): the modern Chinese body in May 4th Movement
  • Susan Sontag: Body as Metaphor
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The Primacy of Perception- To acquire basic knowledge of how the thinkers approach the notion of “body”
    – To acquire intellectual resources for artmaking and art criticism
    – For those who are interested to use the “body” as creative material to develop insights beyond its physicality

COURSE CODE
23-PS000039-1AP

TUTOR
Joanna LEE Hoi Yin
Art editor, critic, and producer, Hong Kong Arts Development Council advisor (art critic group), assessor (arts administration, dance, and art critic groups). Her essays and reviews have been published in printed and online publications in HK, Macau, Taiwan and Germany. Recent research and publishing projects include:

http://leehoiyin.weebly.com/

CLASS
4

ENROL LIMIT
25

PERIOD
19/1/2023 – 9/2/2023 (THU)

TIME
7:30pm – 9:30pm

LANGUAGE
Cantonese

FEE
HKD 1,680