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Dedication to hunger : the anorexic aesthetic in modern culture

Author: Leslie Heywood
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California, ©1996.
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In this passionate merging of personal history and scholarship, Leslie Heywood reveals the "anorexic logic" central to Western high culture. This logic privileges mind over body, masculine over feminine, individual over collective, control over emotion, and a realm of transcendence over the haphazardness of daily life. As clinical studies of anorexia show, this is the very logic adopted by millions of young American
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Heywood, Leslie.
Dedication to hunger.
Berkeley : University of California, ©1996
(DLC) 95000729
(OCoLC)31901484
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Heywood
ISBN: 0585041091 9780585041094 9780520201170 0520201175
OCLC Number: 42417441
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 243 pages)
Contents: Claire got her gun: tracking the anorexic horizon. Personal bodies, struggles, contexts, legends --
Historical contexts, limits, positions, anorexic philosophy: Descartes, Plato, Hegel, Freud --
Consumer culture, Nike, the relentless logic of the gym --
Philosophical anorexics: the flip side. From female disease to textual ideal, or what's modernism got to do with it. Inside every fat body there's a thin body struggling to get out: more historical contexts --
The metaphysics of the flame: Fasting Girls, Kafka's Letters to Felice, and "A Hunger Artist" --
"The Female is a chaos": male anorexia in Eliot and Pound --
He who embraces the flesh: anorexia and gender in Williams. "Should be out of it": starving the feminine in Joseph Conrad. Text over flesh: Heart of Darkness and the fat man --
Fat is primitive: anorexia as historical progress in Falk. Missing persons: the black hole of the feminine in Jean Rhys. Rhys's life: booze and black holes --
The "Problem with no name" (reprise): the constitution of female subjectivity in the black hole --
Jean Rhys, sexual harassment and the academy: manifestations of the "First Death", or "Clipping your students wings --
Beyond negation : Wide Sargasso Sea.
Responsibility: Leslie Heywood.
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