Fat Boys: A Slim Book

Fat Boys: A Slim Book

by Sander L. Gilman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803221835

ISBN-13: 9780803221833

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

The fat man—a cultural icon, a social enigma, a pressing medical issue—is the subject of this remarkably rich book. The figures that Sander L. Gilman considers, from the ugly fat man with the beautiful sylph trapped inside to the smart fat boy to the aging body desirous of rejuvenation, appear and reappear in different guises throughout Western culture.

Overview

The fat man—a cultural icon, a social enigma, a pressing medical issue—is the subject of this remarkably rich book. The figures that Sander L. Gilman considers, from the ugly fat man with the beautiful sylph trapped inside to the smart fat boy to the aging body desirous of rejuvenation, appear and reappear in different guises throughout Western culture. And as is often true, such marginal cases help define the shifting center of our dreams and beliefs. An exploration into the world of male body fantasies, Gilman’s book examines how the representation of the fat man alters with time and alters how men relate to their own bodies and the bodies of others, both male and female. His examples—ranging from Santa Claus to Sancho Panza, from Falstaff to Babe Ruth, from Nero Wolfe to Al Roker—illustrate the complexity perennially associated with fat men. From discourses about normality to the playing fields of baseball, from Greek male beauty to the fat detective, Gilman’s book examines and illuminates how cultures have imagined and portrayed the fat boy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803221833
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.40(d)

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