??Compact and comprehensive, this book offers a wide ranging account of the body representations from linguistic, social, political and ideological perspectives. It is a perfect companion by a lucid introduction and notes from various writers which assist the reader in understanding ?body theories??(Feryal Cubukcu) ??In this thrillingly written and seductive exploration of human sexuality and emotions the authors address some of the most controversial issues of human existence?(Gordan Matas) ??The compelling essays in this volume explore the complexities of the artistic understanding and representation of the body-mind-spirit relationship. The female body in particular is seen in its continuous fluidity, as 'subject' and/or 'object' as it is being inscribed, moulded, transformed, empowered by the thinker/artist?(Lucia Stueven) ?...the body cannot be experienced apart from language, discourse, social, political and ideological background. It becomes visible only under a particular gaze in a particular age, culture and society. The volume contributes to the new representation of women as sites of discrimination and oppression as well as of cultural knowledge and artistic production.