Do you really feel like the outside matches the inside: Der authentische Körper im Wandel der Zeit
2013 (German)In: Medialität und Menschenbild / [ed] Jens Eder, Universität Mannheim; Joseph Imorde, Universität Siegen; Maike Sarah Reinerth, Universität Hamburg, Walter de Gruyter, 2013, 85-99 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The concept of an authentic person who makes his/her ‘true inner’ visible on the body’s surface reappears as an ideal throughout history. What has undergone significant changes, however, is what exactly constitutes authentic bodily appearance. What ‘inner’ is represented and how exactly is it made visible on the body? My article focuses on two instances in which stagings of the authentic body represent an important issue: First in the French Enlightenment and subsequently in contemporary makeover culture (which originated in the Western world, but is no longer limited to it).
Images of bodies revealing their ‘true inner’ took on particular importance in the Enlightenment when writers such as Rousseau used them as counterpoints to what they rejected as the ancien regime ’s affected bodies. One might assume today –in the aftermath of late 20th century poststructuralism, postmodernism and feminism –that any notion of bodily ‘authenticity’ or for that matter ‘essential selfhood’ would be curtly dismissed. Yet, the image of an authentic body that reveals a ‘deserving’ inner self is exactly what is staged in most popular media today.
18th century acting theories suggested that ‘naturally expressive’ gestures could be conveyed –indeed reveal feelings –without any mediation. What has changed since then, I will argue, is that the ideal authentic body in makeover-culture has to be thoroughly and visibly worked for.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Walter de Gruyter, 2013. 85-99 p.
, Media Convergence / Medienkonvergenz, 4
dance studies, authentic, makeover culture
Performing Art Studies
Research subject Theatre Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85918ISBN: 9783110275964ISBN: 978-3-11-027617-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-85918DiVA: diva2:585481