Creating Bodies: Eating Disorders as Self-Destructive Survival

Author(s) : Katie Gentile

Creating Bodies: Eating Disorders as Self-Destructive Survival

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  • Publisher : Analytic Press
  • Published : 2006
  • Category :
    Eating Disorders
  • Catalogue No : 24619
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881634389
  • ISBN 10 : 0881634387

Also by Katie Gentile

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Hannah wrote 18 diaries between the ages of 14 and 32. In the excerpts reprinted herein, we watch Hannah navigate violent adolescent friendships, descend into anorexia and bulimia, marry an abusive man, struggle to recover memories of sexual abuse, and finally to heal. And, we learn of her interaction with Katie Gentile, who analyzed her diaries and met with Hannah to discuss the latter's own understanding of the diaries and of the diary analysis. Through a close study of both the content and structure of Hannah's diaries, Gentile shows how unspeakable, embodied remnants of sexual trauma become symbolized and how, within this process, Hannah's bulimia functioned as both an act of self destruction and a lifesaving form of resistance.Anchored in relational psychoanalysis and critical feminist theory, "Creating Bodies" provides a uniquely longitudinal account of the development of, and ultimate recovery from, an eating disorder fuelled by childhood sexual abuse. An invaluable contribution to the literature on adolescent and adult eating disorders, it is also a thoughtful meditation on how the act of writing deepens issues of relationality and, over time, promotes cure.

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