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By Leslie Heywood

ISBN-10: 0520201175

ISBN-13: 9780520201170

Writing as a aggressive athlete, a tutorial, and a girl, Leslie Heywood merges own background and scholarship to show the "anorexic common sense" that underlies Western excessive tradition. She maneuvers deftly around the terrain of contemporary literature, illustrating how this logic--the privileging of brain over physique, of difficult over tender, of masculine over feminine--is on the center of the modernist sort. Her argument levels from Plato to women's bodybuilding, from Franz Kafka to Nike ads.
In penetrating examinations of Kafka, Pound, Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Conrad, Heywood demonstrates how the anorexic aesthetic is embodied in excessive modernism. In a compelling bankruptcy on Jean Rhys, Heywood portrays an writer who struggles to increase a fresh, spare, "anorexic" sort in the course of a shatteringly messy emotional lifestyles. As Heywood issues out, scholars are knowledgeable within the aesthetic of excessive modernism, and lecturers are stressed into its straitjacket. The ensuing issues are mirrored in buildings as varied as gender id formation, sexual harassment, and consuming disorders.
Direct, attractive, and very trained through the author's own involvement along with her topic, commitment to starvation bargains a strong problem to cultural assumptions approximately language, gender, subjectivity, and id. Writing as a aggressive athlete, a tutorial, and a girl, Leslie Heywood merges own background and scholarship to reveal the "anorexic common sense" that underlies Western excessive tradition. She maneuvers deftly around the terrain of recent literature, illustrating how this logic--the privileging of brain over physique, of challenging over tender, of masculine over feminine--is on the middle of the modernist type. Her argument levels from Plato to women's bodybuilding, from Franz Kafka to Nike ads.
In penetrating examinations of Kafka, Pound, Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Conrad, Heywood demonstrates how the anorexic aesthetic is embodied in excessive modernism. In a compelling bankruptcy on Jean Rhys, Heywood portrays an writer who struggles to enhance a fresh, spare, "anorexic" variety in the course of a shatteringly messy emotional existence. As Heywood issues out, scholars are informed within the aesthetic of excessive modernism, and lecturers are stressed into its straitjacket. The ensuing issues are mirrored in constructions as diversified as gender id formation, sexual harassment, and consuming disorders.
Direct, enticing, and extremely expert via the author's own involvement together with her topic, commitment to starvation deals a strong problem to cultural assumptions approximately language, gender, subjectivity, and identification.

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He must sever his ties from the usual forms of human nourishment and from the actual frame of his own body. This anorexic logic, the cutting or burning away of the material body as the necessary precursor for the transmutation of matter into higher forms, was described by Jacques Derrida as "the metaphysics of the flame" in his reading of Novalis's Fragments. [25] Derrida described two contradictory opponents within this logic in terms of a metaphysics of eating: an infinitude that is the idea of a "pure taste," ― 79 ― an originary taste of innocence that is beyond death, and a finitude that partakes of death and is therefore limited and dependent, as opposed to absolute.

M. " (65), which parallels Kafka's "relays of permanent watchers selected by the public, usually butchers, strangely enough, and it was their task to watch the hunger artist day and night, three of them at a time, in case he should have some secret recourse to nourishment" ("Hunger Artist," 189). Both accounts depict a carefully crafted commercial spectacle, orchestrated by the impresario in Kafka's story and the girl's parents in Brumberg's description. In both cases the underlying question is not whether the fasters were "authentic," or whether they were exploiting a gullible public or being exploited, but rather why they chose this particular form, bodily suppression and appetite control, as their means of expression.

In this trope the female body is consumed in order to give birth to the male body as text. This is specifically modernist because the privileged term here is not the spirit but the male body as created through words —the "hard body" of the imagist poem, the "extinction of personality," the insistence on purification, dissection, cutting to arrive at the work of art. The female body is eliminated to create the textual body as art. Art as such is opposed to the "fat" that is the material dimension.

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