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Curriculum and the Cultural Body

reviewed by Katya Wesolowski - December 05, 2007

coverTitle: Curriculum and the Cultural Body
Author(s): Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman (Eds.)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820486868, Pages: 269, Year: 2007
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As a strategy for reading Curriculum and The Cultural Body, it is advisable not to attempt to consume the collection of sixteen essays straight through from start to finish. In keeping with the tone of the volume and drawing inspiration from the cover art, a picture of performance artist Janine Antoni’s self-portrait busts sculpted in chocolate and soap, I offer a phenomenological metaphor to describe the experience as somewhat akin to eating a box of chocolates at one sitting: the rich (and at times, in my view, self-indulgently abstruse) language, variations on similar themes, and uneven quality of the chapters may leave one with an epistemological stomachache. Perhaps, however, this visceral interaction with the text is exactly what editors Stephanie Springgay and Debra Freedman wish to provoke in their call for a more embodied engagement with curricular studies, research and praxis. One certainly comes away with food for thought.   The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2007
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  • Katya Wesolowski
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    KATYA WESOLOWSKI recently received her PhD in the Anthropology and Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on expressive culture of the African Diaspora with an emphasis on Brazil and Angola. Her dissertation on the Afro-Brazilian fighting art, capoeira, investigates the body as a critical site of knowledge production, subjectivity and social action. Her work has appeared in Anthropology News. She is currently working on an article about the performance and politics of gender in capoeira.
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