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Unbearable weight : feminism, Western culture, and the body /
Susan Bordo ; new preface by the author ; new foreword by Leslie Heywood.
edition
Tenth anniversary edition.
imprint
Berkeley, California : University of California Press, 2003.
description
xxxviii, 361 pages : illustrations.
ISBN
0520240545 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
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imprint
Berkeley, California : University of California Press, 2003.
isbn
0520240545 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: c1993.
catalogue key
5080260
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Susan Bordo is Singletary Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky.
Excerpts
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"Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body--weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more--in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape--finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it!"--Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001) "This is a terrific book!"--Nancy J. Chodorow, author of The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (2001) and The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender (California, 1999) "Susan Bordo's Unbearable Weight is a masterpiece of complex and nuanced thinking not only about a significant problem that faces women but about our culture. A very valuable book."--Susan Griffin, author of The Book of Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001)
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-02-20:
Bordo explores women's obsessions with appearance, their struggles to control food and hunger, and the pressures brought on by a society that worships the ideal female figure. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Bordo examines how women's fantasies of transcending their material existence have led to narcissistic efforts to reinvent themselves. The author's new preface brings the book up to date, adding to the ranks of the increasingly important research on women and their bodies.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
" Unbearable Weight is brilliant. From an immensely knowledgeable feminist perspective, in engaging, jargonless (!) prose, Bordo analyzes a whole range of issues connected to the body--weight and weight loss, exercise, media images, movies, advertising, anorexia and bulimia, and much more--in a way that makes sense of our current social landscape--finally! This is a great book for anyone who wonders why women's magazines are always describing delicious food as 'sinful' and why there is a cake called Death by Chocolate. Loved it!"--Katha Pollitt, Nation columnist and author of Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001)
Table of Contents
Foreword: Reading Bordop. ix
In the Empire of Images: Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxvii
Introduction: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Bodyp. 1
Discourses and Conceptions of the Body
Whose Body Is This? Feminism, Medicine, and the Conceptualization of Eating Disordersp. 45
Are Mothers Persons? Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Subject-ivityp. 71
Hunger as Ideologyp. 99
The Slender Body and Other Cultural Forms
Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culturep. 139
The Body and the Reproduction of Femininityp. 165
Reading the Slender Bodyp. 185
Postmodern Bodies
Feminism, Postmodernism, and Gender Skepticismp. 215
"Material Girl": The Effacements of Postmodern Culturep. 245
Postmodern Subjects, Postmodern Bodies, Postmodern Resistancep. 277
Notesp. 301
Indexp. 343
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