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Ravenous identity : eating and eating distress in the life and work of Virginia Woolf

Author: Allie Glenny
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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In this debut book, Glenny (Ph. D., English literature), a former anorexic, attributes the "omnipresence" of food in the writing of Virginia Woolf to her "premature weaning" (at ten weeks), the early death of her mother, and, most significantly, sexual abuse by her half-brother. While this densely written study breaks new ground in Woolf scholarship, Glenny goes too far by becoming an apologist for anorexia. Instead  Read more...
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Glenny, Allie, 1963-
Ravenous identity.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
(DLC) 99019871
(OCoLC)40813491
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Allie Glenny
ISBN: 9780312299415 0312299419
OCLC Number: 229431567
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Notes on Quotations and Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; 1 Anorexia: A Perspective from the Other Side; 2 My Food Is Affection; 3 Entirely My Weight Rests on His Prop; 4 The Voyage Out: A Slave to One's Body in This World; 5 Jacob's Room: Helping Himself to Jam; 6 Mrs. Dalloway: Blackberrying in the Sun; 7 To the Lighthouse: An Instinct Like Artichokes for the Sun; 8 The Waves: Some Fasting and Anguished Spirit; 9 The Years: The Admirable Mutton; 10 Between the Acts: Soles. Filleted; Notes; Texts Cited in Abbreviation; Bibliography; Index.
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In this debut book, Glenny (Ph. D., English literature), a former anorexic, attributes the "omnipresence" of food in the writing of Virginia Woolf to her "premature weaning" (at ten weeks), the early death of her mother, and, most significantly, sexual abuse by her half-brother. While this densely written study breaks new ground in Woolf scholarship, Glenny goes too far by becoming an apologist for anorexia. Instead of simply showing how important food was as a metaphor for Woolf, Glenny makes disturbing comments such as anorexia can, at its most positive, function as a bell.

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