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Title:
Fasting girls : the history of anorexia nervosa
Author:
Brumberg, Joan Jacobs.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Vintage Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xvii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Previously published: 1989.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780375724480

9780375724534
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Winner of four major awards, this updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls , presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century. 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.


Author Notes

Professor of human development at Cornell University, Joan Jacobs Brumberg has devoted much of her energy to studying the social experiences of 13-21 year old girls in the United States over the past 100 years. Her numerous papers and books deal with a wide range of cultural issues: the changing social and cultural experience of menarche and menstruation; the changing nature of educational and work opportunities; parenting; popular culture and leisure; and diseases of girls. In 1988, she published Fasting Girls: The Emergence of Anorexia Nervosa as a Modern Disease. In 1997, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls was published.

Brumberg holds a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester (1965) and a Ph.D. in American social and cultural history from the University of Virginia (1978).

(Bowker Author Biography)


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