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10 March 1994
Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body 
by Susan Bordo.
California, 361 pp., £19.95, September 1993, 0 520 07979 5
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History After Lacan 
by Teresa Brennan.
Routledge, 239 pp., £35, December 1993, 0 415 01116 7
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... which they wish to be relieved, but not yet; that the dieting industry and the business of cosmetic surgery are flourishing; that breast implants remain something of a cultural spectacle. Yet for SusanBordo to write a book about the body which stresses its weight or materiality violates what has become something of an academic taboo. To speak of the body as a cultural text is one thing. To suggest ...

Vampiric Words

Ruth Bernard Yeazell

26 May 1994
The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing and Imprisonment 
by Maud Ellmann.
Virago, 136 pp., £7.99, September 1993, 1 85381 675 2
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... of anorexia and bulimia, especially among young women in the US, may wish to believe that the ever-canny actress and entrepreneur will once more set a trend. But a cautionary note is in order. As SusanBordo suggests in Unbearable Weight, her recent study of our collective fixation on thinness – discussed here by Carol Gilligan (LRB, 10 March) – this would not be the first time in current ...

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