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Author Bell, Rudolph M.

Title Holy anorexia / Rudolph M. Bell ; epilogue by William N. Davis.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.

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 UniM Bail  305.90824 BELL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 215-237.
Summary Is there a resemblance between the contemporary anorexic teenager in her single-minded pursuit of thinness, and an ascetic medieval saint examining her every desire? Both contemporary anorexics and 'holy anorexics' seek autonomy in culturally defined ideal states: energetic slenderness today, spiritual purity in the Middle Ages.
Subject Christian saints -- Italy -- History.
Women -- Italy -- History.
Women -- Italy -- Psychology -- History.
Anorexia nervosa -- Patients -- Italy -- History.
ISBN 0226042049
0226042057 (paperback)