Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern by Leslie Heywood

By Leslie Heywood

Writing as a aggressive athlete, a tutorial, and a girl, Leslie Heywood merges own background and scholarship to show the "anorexic good judgment" 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 demanding over smooth, 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 improve a fresh, spare, "anorexic" variety in the course of a shatteringly messy emotional existence. As Heywood issues out, scholars are proficient within the aesthetic of excessive modernism, and lecturers are burdened into its straitjacket. The ensuing problems are mirrored in buildings as diversified as gender identification formation, sexual harassment, and consuming disorders.
Direct, enticing, and extremely expert via the author's own involvement together with her topic, commitment to starvation bargains a robust problem to cultural assumptions approximately language, gender, subjectivity, and identification. Writing as a aggressive athlete, an instructional, and a lady, Leslie Heywood merges own heritage and scholarship to show the "anorexic good judgment" 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 tough over smooth, of masculine over feminine--is on the middle 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 enhance a fresh, spare, "anorexic" sort in the middle of a shatteringly messy emotional existence. As Heywood issues out, scholars are informed within the aesthetic of excessive modernism, and lecturers are harassed into its straitjacket. The ensuing problems are mirrored in buildings as assorted as gender id formation, sexual harassment, and consuming disorders.
Direct, attractive, and extremely knowledgeable by means of the author's own involvement along with her topic, commitment to starvation bargains a strong problem to cultural assumptions approximately language, gender, subjectivity, and identification.

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Since there was common public knowledge of the fasting girls at the time, and since the situation in "A Hunger Artist" so closely parallels theirs, it is likely that Kafka had heard of them. " [19] This "diminish[ment] of interest in professional fasting" had its basis in an historical transformation: from women as spiritual icons to women as hysteric patients. "Everywhere," Kafka's narrator declares, "as if by secret agreement, a positive revulsion from professional fasting was in evidence" (195).

Ironic detachment is an integral part of the anorexic logic of modernism. That irony functions to uphold, rather than to challenge, anorexia as an ideal for the artist. " [21] Without the recognition that the necessity to renounce the feminine as flesh is ideological fantasy rather than a "higher truth" the artist apprehends whilethe common person does not, the "social reality" will continue to be structured by that idea of "truth," and the ideal of the male anorexic will be reinforced. Although the figure of the self-canceling artist may be ironic, this kind of irony distances in order to disguise the importance of this figure to the idea of "art" in the modernist period.

It was formed in relation to an ancient Western cultural ideology perhaps most clearly expressed in Aristotle's De Anima and "On the Generation of Animals": "the body cannot be soul; the body is the subject or matter, not what is attributed to it. . the soul is the cause or source of the living body. . " [10] We then see that the duality of soul and body is explicitly gendered: "the male contributes the principles of movement and the female the material" (678). The "principle of movement," previously correlated with the soul, is in Aristotle's biologically deterministic system a male principle, and the material, bodily dimension is female.

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