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DSPO 1925A - President's Body. Biological and Political Body of the President of the United States (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The use of the biological body holds an essential role in the edification of a presidential sacralization. It progressively becomes a tool for the conquest of power (manhood of TR for example), and even for its very exercise (charisma, charm…). The rhetoric using the body or the values of the body are a big part of this concern (with FDR for example). Doing thus, the biological and the political bodies tend to fuse, the former helping the rise in power of the latter, and the same in return sacralizing the first… Inversely, the presidential body can weaken. Concealed disease (from Wilson to Reagan, not forgetting FDR and JFK), once the lie is revealed (Nixon, Clinton, Bush Jr.), allow us to question the presidential sacralization from another angle. The 2016 presidential election offers great insights for these issues. And yes, we'll study Trump's body.


SNEGAROFF, Thomas (Professeur)

Course validation

One oral presentation, one lecture.

Required reading

  • Michael ROGIN, Ronald Reagan, the Movie and Other Episodes in Political Demonology, University of California Press, 1985
  • Barbara HINCKLEY, The Symbolic Presidency, Routledge, 1990