Lying Bodies explores how to survive with invisible, non-normative identities by focusing on literally `invisible' differences. The first half of the book attempts a theoretical account of the self in the field of vision, drawing on psychoanalytic theories of the formation of the self. In order for the survival of the self with a visual image that both enables and threatens it, the book proposes the strategy of `the lying body', which combines mimicry with equivocality. The second half of the book demonstrates possible forms of `the lying body' through an analysis of specific examples of cultural practices, including works by artists Cindy Sherman and Morimura Yasumasa, as well as the claim of invisible sexual differences by feminine-looking lesbians.
The Author: Shimizu Akiko holds a Master's degree from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in critical and cultural theory from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom. She currently teaches at the University of Tokyo as an associate professor in the department of interdisciplinary cultural studies. Her research interests include feminist and queer theories and theories of self-representation. Among her publications are `For the Survival of a Giraffe: A Note on Judith Butler and Identity Politics' in Revue de la Pensee D'aujourd'hui and `Scandalous Equivocation: A Note on the Politics of Queer Self-Naming' in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.