Speaking In Hunger

Overview

Donnalee Frega confronts the growing tendency in both popular and scholarly studies to view eating disorders as a secret and private form of negative self-expression "suffered" primarily by women. Drawing on history, clinical studies, and literature, Frega's comprehensive study approaches anorexia not as an illness, but as a dangerous strategy employed by healthy young people of both sexes against unrealistic expectations of perfection.

The author considers the broad range of ...

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Overview

Donnalee Frega confronts the growing tendency in both popular and scholarly studies to view eating disorders as a secret and private form of negative self-expression "suffered" primarily by women. Drawing on history, clinical studies, and literature, Frega's comprehensive study approaches anorexia not as an illness, but as a dangerous strategy employed by healthy young people of both sexes against unrealistic expectations of perfection.

The author considers the broad range of social and cultural factors that have defined "abnormal" eating practices throughout history, and she convincingly argues that when anorexia is viewed as an effective language that is learned and shared through family interaction (rather than as a hopeless attempt to repudiate life), much of its mystery is dispelled.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032752
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Cultural Frames, Framing Culture Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Hunger at Home: Clarissa and the Harlowes
Perfection, Passivity, and Personal Worth 7
Mothers and Marriages 18
Triangles and Unity 30
Triangular Communication and Conditional Consumption 34
Patterns of Conditional Consumption 38
Ch. 2 The Hungry Lover: Clarissa and Lovelace
A Conditional Kind of Liking 43
Grandiosity, Narcissism, and the Compulsion to Repeat 58
Consumptive Transference 71
Ch. 3 Saintly Hunger: Saint Clarissa's Story
Suffering and Perfection 82
Perfection and Perdition 89
Clarissa's Story: Saintly Suffering 93
Belford and Clarissa's Story 104
Ch. 4 A Historical Overview 114
Notes 130
Works Cited 163
Index 173
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