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Author Ellmann, Maud, 1954-

Title The hunger artists : starving, writing, and imprisonment / Maud Ellmann.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  306.4 E48H    Check Shelf
Description 136 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The phenomenon of voluntary self-starvation - whether by political hunger strikers or lone anorectics - is a puzzle of engrossing power, suggesting a message more radical than any uttered aloud. In this fascinating phenomenology, Maud Ellmann teases out this message, its genesis, expression, and significance. How, she asks, has the act of eating become the metaphor for compliance, starvation the metaphor for protest? How does the rejection of food become the rejection of intolerable social constraints - or of actual imprisonment? What is achieved at the extremity of such a protest - at the moment of death?" "Ellmann brilliantly unravels the answers; they lie, she shows, in the inverse relationship between bodily hunger and verbal expression. Drawing her examples from Yeats and Kafka, Marx and Freud, Wole Soyinka and the suffragettes, Mahatma Ghandi and Jane Fonda, she explores the entangled meanings of writing and hunger in our culture of starvers. Central to her discussion is an arresting comparison between the Irish Hunger Strike of 1981 and the plot of Richardson's Clarissa, in which the heroine starves herself to death in penance for - or, perhaps, revenge against - her rape. Both cases show a strange excess of words in contrast to the savage reduction of the flesh, as if the bodies of the starvers were devoured by their own verbosity. The Hunger Artists examines this vampirical feeding of words on flesh, revealing uncanny affinities between the labor of starvation and the birth of letters, diaries, poems, books. In her lean and vibrant prose, Ellmann reaches beyond the fashionable preoccupation with the body to the terrifying logic of disembodiment."--Jacket.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Autophagy (starting p. 1) -- Gynophagy (starting p. 29) -- Sarcophagy (starting p. 59) -- Encryptment (starting p. 91) -- Notes (starting p. 115) -- Index (starting p. 133)
Subject Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Clarissa.
Anorexia nervosa -- Social aspects.
Anorexia nervosa -- Political aspects.
Anorexia nervosa in literature.
Irish Hunger Strike, Northern Ireland, 1981.
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761.
Anorexia Nervosa. (DNLM)D000856
Literature. (DNLM)D008091
Politics. (DNLM)D011057
Social Conditions. (DNLM)D012924
Warfare. (DNLM)D014857
Northern Ireland. (DNLM)D009660
17.93 themes and motives in literature. (NL-LeOCL)077599292
89.58 political violence. (NL-LeOCL)077609042
Clarissa (Richardson, Samuel) (OCoLC)fst01356137
Anorexia nervosa in literature. (OCoLC)fst00809962
Anorexia nervosa -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00809955
Anorexia nervosa -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00809959
Northern Ireland. (OCoLC)fst01205215
Anorexia nervosa (DE-588)4002144-0
Gesellschaft (DE-588)4020588-5
Hungerstreik (DE-588)4160817-3
Literatur (DE-588)4035964-5
Nordirland (DE-588)4075462-5
Clarissa, or, the history of a young lady (Richardson)
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. (NL-LeOCL)069343233
contestation politique -- littérature -- personne célèbre -- privation (psychologie)
anorexie mentale -- artiste -- contestation politique -- grève de la faim.
anorexie mentale -- grève de la faim -- pouvoir -- privation (psychologie)
anorexie mentale -- contestation politique -- pouvoir -- vie culturelle.
Geschichte (1981)
Irish Hunger Strike (Northern Ireland : 1981) (OCoLC)fst00978963
Chronological Term Geschichte 1981.
Other Form: Online version: Ellmann, Maud, 1954- Hunger artists. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993 (OCoLC)623015273
ISBN 067442705X (acid-free paper)
9780674427051 (acid-free paper)
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