Cultures of the Abdomen

Diet, Digestion, and Fat in the Modern World
Editor(s): 
Forth, Christopher E.
Editor(s): 
Carden-Coyne, Ana
ISBN: 
1403965218
Date published: 
February 2005
Hardback
Price: 
£40.00
Pages: 
320

Cultures of the Abdomen traces the history of medical, social, and cultural ideas about the stomach and related organs since the 17th century, and demonstrates that a focused study of the abdomen is necessary for understanding the deep historical meanings that underscore our contemporary obsessions with diet, indigestion, regularity, and obesity. This book locates that history from religious ideals in pre-modern Europe to current surgical solutions to obesity in Brazil, surveying along the way developments in America, Britain, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and India. It reflects the methods of cultural history, and draws upon a range of disciplines from literary and gender studies to social, medical, and intellectual history.