9780520240544

Unbearable Weight

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520240544

  • ISBN10:

    0520240545

  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Fantastic study of women and their bodies. When originally published in 1993, it made NYT Notable Books of the Year. This 10th anniversary edition has a new preface by the author plus a foreword by Leslie Haywood, feminist scholar superstar, an authority on women athletes and body builders.

Author Biography

Susan Bordo is Singletary Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Reading Bordo ix
Leslie Heywood
In the Empire of Images: Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xiii
Acknowledgments xxxvii
Introduction: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body 1(44)
PART ONE DISCOURSES AND CONCEPTIONS OF THE BODY
Whose Body Is This? Feminism, Medicine, and the Conceptualization of Eating Disorders
45(26)
Are Mothers Persons? Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Subject-ivity
71(28)
Hunger as Ideology
99(40)
PART TWO THE SLENDER BODY AND OTHER CULTURAL FORMS
Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture
139(26)
The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity
165(20)
Reading the Slender Body
185(30)
PART THREE POSTMODERN BODIES
Feminism, Postmodernism, and Gender Skepticism
215(30)
``Material Girl'': The Effacements of Postmodern Culture
245(32)
Postmodern Subjects, Postmodern Bodies, Postmodern Resistance
277(24)
Notes 301(42)
Index 343

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