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"This is an exceptional collection—the subject is of obvious importance, yet terribly undertheorized and unexamined. I know of no other work that offers what this collection provides."—Marcia Millman, author of Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat in America

". . . A valuable contribution to scholarly debates on the place of excessive bodies in contemporary culture. This book promises to enrich all areas of inquiry related to the politics of bodies."—Carole Spitzack, author of Confessing Excess: Women and the Politics of Body Reduction

"This anthology includes a wide range of perceptive and original essays, which explore and analyze the underlying ideologies that have made fat "incorrect." Echoing the spirit of the nineteenth-century adage about children who should be neither seen nor heard, some of the authors powerfully remind us that we keep "bodies out of bound" silenced and unseen-unless, of course, we need to peek at the comic or grotesque."—Raquel Salgado Scherr, co-author of Face Value: The Politics of Beauty

"Through textual analyses, video/film analyses, television theory, and literary theory, this collection demonstrates the various ways in which dominant representations of fat and corpulence have been both demonized and rendered invisible. . . . This volume will be a crucial corollary to work on the tyranny of slenderness; a collection of different perspectives on the fat body is sorely missing in women's studies, communication, and media studies."—Sarah Banet-Weiser, author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520225855
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jana Evans Braziel is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Kathleen LeBesco is Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts Department at Marymount Manhattan College.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors' Introduction: Bodies Out of Bounds
Kathleen LeBesco and Jana Evans Braziel

PART ONE: Revaluing Corpulence, Redefining Fat Subjectivities
1. "Fat Beauty," by Richard Klein
2. "A 'Horror of Corpulence': Interrogating Bantingism and Mid-Nineteenth-Century Fat-Phobia," by Joyce L. Huff
3. "Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship," by Cecilia Hartley
4. "Queering Fat Bodies/Politics," by Kathleen LeBesco

PART TWO: Representational Matrices of Power: Nationality, Gender, Sexuality, and Fatness
5. "Oscar Zeta Acosta's Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo: A Fat Man's Recipe for Chicano Revolution," by Marcia Chamberlain
6. "Resisting Venus: Negotiating Corpulence in Exercise Videos," by Antonia Losano and Brenda A. Risch
7. "Fighting Abjection: Representing Fat Women," by Leía Kent

PART THREE: Fat Perversities? Reconstructing Corpulent Sexualities
8. "Roscoe Arbuckle and the Scandal of Fatness," by Neda Ulaby
9. "Setting Free the Bears: Refiguring Fat Men on Television," by Jerry Mosher

PART FOUR: Deconstructing the Carnivalesque, Grotesque, and Other Configurations of Corpulence
10. "'It's not over until the fat lady sings': Comedy, the Carnivalesque, and Body Politics," by Angela Stukator
11. "Devouring Women: Corporeality and Autonomy in Fiction by Women Since the 1960s," by Sarah Shieff
12. "Sex and Fat Chics: Deterritorializing the Fat Female Body," by Jana Evans Braziel

PART FIVE: Bodies in Motion: Corpulence and Performativity
13. "'She's so fat': Facing the Fat Lady at Coney Island's Sideshows by the Seashore," by Sharon Mazer
14. "Fatties on Stage: Feminist Performances," by Petra Kuppers
15. "Divinity: A Dossier, a Performance Piece, a Little-Understood Emotion," by Michael Moon and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick


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