Anna Silver examines the ways nineteenth-century British writers
used physical states of the female body--hunger, appetite, fat and
slenderness--in the creation of female characters. She argues that
anorexia nervosa, first diagnosed in 1873, serves as a paradigm for
the cultural ideal of middle-class womanhood in Victorian Britain.
Silver uses the works of a wide range of writers (including
Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens, Bram... more...