Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life

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Reaktion Books
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6.2 X 1.2 X 9.4 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher E. Forth is the Dean's Professor of Humanities and professor of history at the University of Kansas. He is the author of several books, including The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood and Masculinity in the Modern West.


"Fat is the definitive overview of what bodily excess means and has meant in Western society. . . . Forth's dramatic account of how we got to this point, written with grace and a touch of irony, points out that no other bodily state, not sexual orientation, not addiction, not mental illness, remains so totally demonized as the world of the XXXXL. A vital and critical addition to the cultural history of the body by a master of the genre."--Sander Gilman, author of "Fat: The Biography"
"Fat is a thoroughly researched and capable book . . . . A timely reminder of the cycles of our organic existence in the face of ever greater outer forces."--History Today
"Forth is a myth buster. This is the book to read if you are wondering why people in the West are so obsessed with fat."--Joanna Bourke, author of "The Story of Pain" and "What It Means to Be Human"
"This is a distinctive and ambitious analysis, tracing body imagery from the classical period to the present and offering a striking argument about the relevance of past standards to contemporary debates. The book also offers a strong case for the interconnections between historical and scientific assessments."--Peter N. Stearns, author of "Fat History"