Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Anna Krugovoy Silver


Anna Silver examines the methods nineteenth-century British writers used actual states of the feminine body--hunger, urge for food, fats and slenderness--in the construction of lady characters. She argues that anorexia nervosa, first clinically determined in 1873, serves as a paradigm for the cultural excellent of middle-class womanhood in Victorian Britain. Silver makes use of the works of a variety of writers (including Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker and Lewis Carroll) to illustrate that mainstream types of middle-class Victorian womanhood percentage very important characteristics with the ideals or behaviors of the anorexic girl.

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