Clothing as a Foucauldian Extension of the Body in Modern Iran

Madeleine Glogas Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Natalie Carter Butler University
The purpose of this analysis was to consider how clothing can serve as a Foucauldian extension of the body, specifically demonstrated through Iranian compulsory veiling practices. Theories of the body are discussed as related to (a) Foucault’s theory of docile bodies and (b) critiques of Foucault’s work through a feminist perspective. Additionally, a history of Iranian veiling practices is analyzed to address how this theory works in real-world situations. An in-depth analysis of Reading Lolita in Tehran serves as evidence of this theory’s applicability to the field of literature. Concluding this study, further directions for this theory and its application on how clothing can serve as an oppressive force against women are proposed.
Competitive Paper--All Disciplines (includes an Oral Presentation)
Competitive Paper (includes an Oral Presentation)

When & Where

09:15 AM
Jordan Hall 276