Bodylore is an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach to studying the literal embodiment of self. Coined in 1989 by Katharine Young for an American Folklore Society annual meeting, bodylore centers the body as a locus of cultural interpretation. The tools of bodylore unpack how the body is used in communication, culture, social meaning, and identity. When viewed as its own “cultural scene” or “text,” the body exists in the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, and many other identities.

The content of this site is created by Dr. Amy K. Milligan and and her students at Old Dominion University. Throughout courses on topics like “Sexing the Body” and “Gender, Fashion, and the Body,” students utilize the methodological tools of bodylore in their investigations of gender, sex, sexuality, religion, and culture.