The Decorated Body

Subject code


Course Number



A. Bessire

Course Long Title

The Decorated Body

Cross Listed Courses


This course analyzes the arts associated with the body, using the body as subject and as lens for theoretical discussions in relation to non-Western and Western cultures. Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary, with particular attention to the body as gendered and raced, the course addresses the ways that the body has been adorned and manipulated as an artistic medium through practices including painting, scarification, surgical manipulation, tattooing, piercing, branding, and hair adornment.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(AVC: Non-Western Canon), (AVC: Race, Sexuality, Gender)

INDS Program Relationship

IDGS - GSS Program

GEC This Course Belongs To


Class Restriction

Exclude First Years