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Jennifer Borland
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2004-05, Art History

Jennifer Borland is writing a dissertation that investigates the proliferation of abject representations of the female body in twelfth-century European visual culture. Created to deny the positive power of women's bodies, images of physical violation, manipulation and even dismemberment attest to the medieval anxieties such volatile corporeality inspired. Borland, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Stanford, analyzes a wide range of manuscripts and sculptures from this period, arguing that these artworks mediate and even undermine the social and cultural boundaries they were intended to promote.