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Reading the eating disorder memoir as food writing

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Donna BrienDonna Brien
As examples of popular literature, food writing texts are more than practical manuals of culinary education. They are important but relatively unexplored narratives, which serve a range of purposes and contain significant cultural insights. These narratives can reveal what factors were shaping a society, how social roles have changed (and what was driving that change), as well as the personal stories of the individuals who wrote these texts. Memoirs of anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders have attracted considerable popular, critical and scholarly attention as life writing, and these memoirs have also been noted by, and incorporated into, the medical and psychological discourse on eating disorder. Rarely, if ever, however, have these memoirs been read, categorised or discussed as a form of food writing. Surveying the eating disorder memoir in this way contributes to our understanding of food writing as well as the production of these texts.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Parent Title

Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ), Brisbane, Australia, 24-26 June, 2013.

Start Page

91

End Page

102

Number of Pages

12

Start Date

01/01/2013

Finish Date

01/01/2013

ISBN-13

9780646915616

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

Publisher

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand

Place of Publication

Chapel Hill, Qld.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); School of Education and the Arts (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference