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Authors & Events
Oct 10, 2000
| ISBN 9780375724480
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Oct 10, 2000 | ISBN 9780375724480
An acclaimed classic from the award-winning author of The Body Project presents a history of women’s food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century, providing compassion to victims and their families. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion, “wonders of science” whose families capitalized on their ability to survive on flower petals and air, silent screen stars whose strict “slimming” regimens inspired a generation. Here, too, is a fascinating look at how the cultural ramifications of the Industrial Revolution produced a disorder that continues to render privileged young women helpless. Incisive, compassionate, illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all women who are interested in the origins and future of this complex, modern and characteristically female disease.
Joan Jacobs Brumberg is the award-winning author of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa and The Body Project. She is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, where she holds a unique appointment teaching in the fields of history, human development, and women’s… More about Joan Jacobs Brumberg
“Full of fascinating cases, from medieval saints and Victorian spiritualists to contemporary college students and media celebrities.” —Alison Lurie“Brilliant. A masterful blend of history and contemporary issues.” —Journal of Social History
John Hope Franklin Publication Prize
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