Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body

Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body

2002-08-26 | ISBN: 0521816025 | PDF | 236 Pages | 1.32 MB

Anna Silver examines the ways nineteenth-century British writers used physical states of the female bodyĘChunger, appetite, fat and slendernessĘCin the creation of female characters. She argues that anorexia nervosa, first diagnosed in 1873, serves as a paradigm for the cultural ideal of middle-class womanhood in Victorian Britain. Silver uses the works of a wide range of writers (including Charlotte Bront?, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker and Lewis Carroll) to demonstrate that mainstream models of middle-class Victorian womanhood share important qualities with the beliefs or behaviors of the anorexic female.

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