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Body Story conveys Julia K. DePrees troubling journey from adolescence to adulthood and from anorexia to health.In high school, the five-foot-ten DePree weighed as little as 114 pounds. She was too weak to raise her arms above her head. “In a paradoxical way, I starved my body in order to understand my life,” she writes. “I had to place my body in suspension before I could move physically into sexuality. Starving allowed me to create an interim space between innocence and experience.”DePree renders the starkness of anorexia along with the process of recovery, relapse, and, ultimately, redemption. She also tells the story of the physical landscape, from her origins in the Midwest to the American South, Paris, and the vast New Mexican desert, as well as the psychic landscape of her body as it encounters the joys and challenges of maturation, childbirth, and motherhood.Body Story offers readers a new way of understanding womens bodily experience, as it probes the mystery and the meaning of this illness. This evocative and often radiant vision is a unique window into womanhood and selfhood in middle-class, contemporary America.

Book News Annotation:

In a personal and cultural analysis of anorexia nervosa, poet De Pree (French, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta) writes candidly of her bout with this disorder. She includes a reading guide for book groups.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Body Story conveys Julia K. DePrees troubling journey from adolescence to adulthood and from anorexia to health.In high school, the five-foot-ten De Pree weighed as little as 114 pounds. She was too weak to raise her arms above her head. De Pree renders the starkness of anorexia along with the process of recovery, relapse, and, ultimately, redemption. She also tells the story of the physical landscape, from her origins in the Midwest to the American South, Paris, and the vast New Mexican desert, as well as the psychic landscape of her body as it encounters the joys and challenges of maturation, childbirth, and motherhood.

About the Author

Julia K. DePree is an associate professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. An award-winning poet, in her recent articles she explores the intersections between literary representation and psychoanalytic theory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804010641
Author:
De Pree, Julia Knowl
Publisher:
Swallow Press
Author:
Depree, Julia K.
Author:
de Pree, Julia Knowlton
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
De Pree, Julia Knowlton
Subject:
Anorexia - Patients - United States
Subject:
Eating Disorders
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.06x4.90x.39 in. .43 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » Eating Disorders
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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"Synopsis" by , Body Story conveys Julia K. DePrees troubling journey from adolescence to adulthood and from anorexia to health.In high school, the five-foot-ten De Pree weighed as little as 114 pounds. She was too weak to raise her arms above her head. De Pree renders the starkness of anorexia along with the process of recovery, relapse, and, ultimately, redemption. She also tells the story of the physical landscape, from her origins in the Midwest to the American South, Paris, and the vast New Mexican desert, as well as the psychic landscape of her body as it encounters the joys and challenges of maturation, childbirth, and motherhood.
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