Fat and Blood

Fat and Blood : and How to Make Them

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This volume presents one of Mitchell's touchstone texts of neurasthenia-cultural critique as medical diagnosis. Fat and Blood was a best seller in its time and went through multiple printings and numerous editions. It fused the cultural critique of modern society and the inversion of gender roles with the medical analysis of this strange new ailment. Today we are likely to read it angrily, as it serves to enforce the most pernicious stereotypes about women (and not so incidentally, about men)-stereotypes that have proved resilient obstacles to women's advancement. But Fat and Blood supports another reading, a bit more contemporary and certainly more engaged. There are constant arguments that resound across more than the century since they were written.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 109 pages
  • 169 x 227 x 9mm | 218g
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 0759106754
  • 9780759106758

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About S. Weir Mitchell

S. Weir Mitchell who was among the 19th century's most eminent physicians, a man of enormous literary and medical talents, whose influence was profound in many quarters, and who, at the turn of the century, jumped on a bandwagon of gender-hysteria that swept across American society. Michael S. Kimmel teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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