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The Resource The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity, Georges Vigarello ; translated from the French by C. Jon Delogu

The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity, Georges Vigarello ; translated from the French by C. Jon Delogu

Label
The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity
Title
The metamorphoses of fat
Title remainder
a history of obesity
Statement of responsibility
Georges Vigarello ; translated from the French by C. Jon Delogu
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. Although hefty bodies were once a sign of power, today those who struggle to lose weight are considered poor in character and weak in mind. Vigarello traces the eventual equation of fatness with infirmity and the way we have come to define ourselves and others in terms of body type. Vigarello begins with the medieval artists and intellectuals who treated heavy bodies as symbols of force and prosperity. He then follows the shift during the Renaissance and early modern period to courtly, medical, and religious codes that increasingly favored moderation and discouraged excess. Scientific advances in the eighteenth century also brought greater knowledge of food and the body's processes, recasting fatness as the "relaxed" antithesis of health. The body-as-mechanism metaphor intensified in the early nineteenth century, with the chemistry revolution and heightened attention to food-as-fuel, which turned the body into a kind of furnace or engine. During this period, social attitudes towards fat became conflicted, with the bourgeois male belly operating as a sign of prestige but also as a symbol of greed and exploitation, while the overweight female was admired only if she was working class. Vigarello concludes with the fitness and body-conscious movements of the twentieth century and the proliferation of personal confessions about obesity, which tied fat more closely to notions of personality, politics, taste, and class."--Jacket
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EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vigarello, Georges
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Delogu, C. Jon
Series statement
European perspectives: a series in social thought and cultural criticism
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  • Obesity
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Obesity
  • Obesity
  • Body Image
  • Body Size
  • History, Medieval
  • History, Modern 1601-
  • Cultural History
  • History
Label
The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity, Georges Vigarello ; translated from the French by C. Jon Delogu
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1 The Medieval Glutton : The prestige of the big person ; Liquids, fat, and wind ; The horizon of fault ; The fifteenth century and the contrasts of slimming -- Part 2 The "Modern" Oaf : The shores of laziness ; The plural of fat ; Exploring images, defining terms ; Constraining the flesh -- Part 3 From Oafishness to Powerlessness: The Enlightenment and Sensibility : Inventing nuance ; Stigmatizing powerlessness ; Toning up -- Part 4 The Bourgeois Belly : The weight of figures ; Typology fever ; From chemistry to energy ; From energy to diets -- Part 5 Toward the "Martyr" : The dominance of Aesthetics ; Clinical obesity and everyday obesity ; The thin revolution ; Declaring "the martyr" -- Part 6 Changes in the Contemporary Debate: An Identity Problem and an Insidious Evil
Control code
ocn853360201
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 261 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231535304
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/viga15976
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt345smj
  • bfebdd86-09d9-4b54-b36e-7db7e2323d5f
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)853360201
Label
The metamorphoses of fat : a history of obesity, Georges Vigarello ; translated from the French by C. Jon Delogu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1 The Medieval Glutton : The prestige of the big person ; Liquids, fat, and wind ; The horizon of fault ; The fifteenth century and the contrasts of slimming -- Part 2 The "Modern" Oaf : The shores of laziness ; The plural of fat ; Exploring images, defining terms ; Constraining the flesh -- Part 3 From Oafishness to Powerlessness: The Enlightenment and Sensibility : Inventing nuance ; Stigmatizing powerlessness ; Toning up -- Part 4 The Bourgeois Belly : The weight of figures ; Typology fever ; From chemistry to energy ; From energy to diets -- Part 5 Toward the "Martyr" : The dominance of Aesthetics ; Clinical obesity and everyday obesity ; The thin revolution ; Declaring "the martyr" -- Part 6 Changes in the Contemporary Debate: An Identity Problem and an Insidious Evil
Control code
ocn853360201
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 261 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231535304
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/viga15976
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt345smj
  • bfebdd86-09d9-4b54-b36e-7db7e2323d5f
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)853360201

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