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Victorian literature and the anorexic body [electronic resource] / Anna Krugovoy Silver.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
Victorian literature and the anorexic body [electronic resource] / Anna Krugovoy Silver.
Publication Date:
2002
ISBN:
9780511020605

9780511120787

9780521816021

9780511484926

9780511045844

9780511147968
Series:
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 36
Volume:
36.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-216) and index.
Contents:
Waisted women: reading Victorian slenderness -- Appetite in Victorian children's literature -- Hunger and repression in Shirley and Villette -- Vampirism and the anorexic paradigm -- Christina Rossetti's sacred hunger -- Conclusion: the politics of thinness.
Abstract:
"Anna Krugovoy Silver examines the ways nineteenth-century British writers used physical states of the female body - hunger, appetite, fat, and slenderness - in the creation of female characters. Silver argues that anorexia nervosa, first diagnosed in 1873, serves as a paradigm for the cultural ideal of middle-class womanhood in Victorian Britain. In addition, Silver relates these literary expressions to the representation of women's bodies in the conduct books, beauty manuals, and other non-fiction prose of the period, contending that women "performed" their gender and class alliances through the slender body. Silver discusses a wide range of writers including Charlotte Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, and Lewis Carroll to show that mainstream models of middle-class Victorian womanhood share important qualities with the beliefs or behaviors of the anorexic girl or woman."--Jacket.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English