Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women's Writing

Excess and Embodiment in Contemporary Women's Writing
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The ‘obese’ female body has often been portrayed as the ‘other’ to the slender body. However, this process of ‘othering’, or viewing as different, has created a repressive discourse, where ‘excess’ has increasingly come to be studied as a ‘physical abnormality’ or a signifier of a ‘personality defect’ in contemporary Western society. This book engages with the multifarious re-imaginings of the ‘excessive’ embodiment in contemporary women’s writing, drawing specifically on the construction of this form of embodiment in the works of Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Claude Tardat, and Judith Moore, whose texts offer a distinct literary response to the rigidly homogeneous and limiting representations of fatness, while prompting heterogeneous approaches to reading the ‘excessive’ female embodiment.

About the author

Zeynep Z. Atayurt received her MA and PhD degrees in English at the University of Leeds, UK. She is currently working in the Department of English Language and Literature at Ankara University in Turkey. Her research interests include literary and visual representations of forms of embodiment in contemporary Anglo-American culture and literature.


Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Zeynep Zeren Atayurt
Herausgeber/-in Koray Melikoglu
Anzahl der Seiten 210
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.2011
Gewicht (kg) 0.2500
ISBN-13 9783898219785