Holy Anorexia

ISBN-10: 0226042057
ISBN-13: 9780226042053
Edition: 1987
List price: $38.00
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Description: Is there a resemblance between the contemporary anorexic teenager counting every calorie in her single-minded pursuit of thinness, and an ascetic medieval saint examining her every desire? Rudolph M. Bell suggests that the answer is yes. "Everyone  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Is there a resemblance between the contemporary anorexic teenager counting every calorie in her single-minded pursuit of thinness, and an ascetic medieval saint examining her every desire? Rudolph M. Bell suggests that the answer is yes. "Everyone interested in anorexia nervosa . . . should skim this book or study it. It will make you realize how dependent upon culture the definition of disease is. I will never look at an anorexic patient in the same way again."--Howard Spiro, M.D., Gastroenterology "[This] book is a first-class social history and is well-documented both in its historical and scientific portions."--Vern L. Bullough, American Historical Review "A significant contribution to revisionist history, which re-examines events in light of feminist thought. . . . Bell is particularly skillful in describing behavior within its time and culture, which would be bizarre by today's norms, without reducing it to the pathological."--Mary Lassance Parthun, Toronto Globe and Mail "Bell is both enlightened and convincing. His book is impressively researched, easy to read, and utterly fascinating."--Sheila MacLeod, New Statesman

Rudolph M. Bell, professor of history at Rutgers University, is the author of a number of books in Italian history, among them�Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy Since 1800,�Holy Anorexia, How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians, and The Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint (with Cristina Mazzoni),�all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface
Recognition and Treatment
I, Catherine
The Cloister
Wives and Mothers
Historical Dimensions: Ascent
Historical Dimensions: Decline Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography Sources for Figures
Index

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