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"Inside the Fat Woman, Trying to Get out": Louise Glück's Lyric Poetry and the Aesthetics of Anorexia
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Litteraturvetenskap)
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In How to Disappear Completely, Kelsey Osgood asserts that modern accounts of anorexia are often written in first person and glamorize the illness. Moreover, these memoirs are often written from the perspective of a healed body and thus, the authenticity of these memoirs is questionable. Or as Strawson argues, "telling and retelling one’s past leads to changes, shifts away from the facts" (Strawson 447). This trend is clearly observed in most narratives of anorexia nervosa, wherein the past is reinvented and reshaped.

The anorectic’s story then, is a misrepresentation of the illness experience as the narratives are a fabricated reconstruction of the past. Addressing this issue, scholars such as Lawrence J Kirmayer and Josie Billington propose that rather than the narrative form, the lyric poem is better suited to capture illness experiences as "lyric poetry tends to emphasize simultaneity, evoking a moment of consciousness." (L. J. Kirmayer 20) .

Drawing from current theories in medical humanities, my thesis analyses the lyric poems of Louise Glück on anorexia nervosa and asks the following questions – Is there an anorexic aesthetic in lyric poetry? How does the lyric form contribute to our understanding of the illness and finally, is the lyric form better suited to convey, understand, and examine the illness?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Louise Glück, anorexia, minimalism, Wasted, Marya Hornbacher, Kelsey Osgood, aesthetics of anorexia, minimalism, lyric poetry
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135131OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-135131DiVA: diva2:1096777
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Engelska med litteraturvetenskaplig inriktning, examensarbete för masterexamen
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