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Victorian literature and the anorexic body [electronic resource] / Anna Krugovoy Silver.

By: Silver, Anna Krugovoy.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture: 36.Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002Description: 1 online resource (x, 220 p.).ISBN: 0511020600 (electronic bk.); 9780511020605 (electronic bk.); 0511120788 (electronic bk.); 9780511120787 (electronic bk.); 9780521816021 (hbk.); 0521816025 (hbk.); 9780511484926 (electronic bk.); 0511484925 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Anorexia nervosa in literature | Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Eating disorders in literature | Human body in literature | Body image in literature | Sex role in literature | Appetite in literature | Hunger in literature | Women in literature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh | Electronic books | Medicine in Literature -- England | Anorexia Nervosa -- history -- England | Culture -- England | History, 19th Century -- England | Human Body -- England | Women -- history -- England | Letterkunde | Engels | Anorexia nervosa | Vrouwelijkheid | Litt�erature anglaise -- 19e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | Anorexie mentale dans la litt�erature | Femmes et litt�erature -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Comportement alimentaire, Troubles du, dans la litt�erature | Corps humain dans la litt�erature | Image du corps dans la litt�erature | R�ole selon le sexe dans la litt�erature | App�etit dans la litt�erature | Faim dans la litt�erature | Femmes dans la litt�erature | Frau | Anorexia nervosa | Geschichte | Literatur | Geschichte 1837-1901 | K�orper | Gro�britannien | EnglischGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Victorian literature and the anorexic body.DDC classification: 820.9/356 Other classification: 18.05 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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.
Review: "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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-216) and index.

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.

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"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.

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