1st Edition

Female Body Image in Contemporary Art Dieting, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, and Fatness

By Emily L. Newman Copyright 2018
    208 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Numerous contemporary artists, particularly female artists, have chosen to examine the idealization of the female body. In this crucial book, Emily L. Newman focuses on a number of key themes including obesity, anorexia, bulimia, dieting, self-harm, and female body image. Many artists utilize their own bodies in their work, and in the act of trying to critique the diet industry, they also often become complicit, as they strive to lose weight themselves. Making art and engaging eating disorder communities (in real life and online) often work to perpetuate the illnesses of themselves or others. A core group of artists has worked to show bodies that are outside the norm, paralleling the rise of fat activism in the 1990s and 2000s. Interwoven throughout this inclusive study are related interdisciplinary concerns including sociology, popular culture, and feminism.

    Table of Contents


    1. Beginnings
    2. Diets
    3. Eating Disorders
    4. Self-Harm
    5. Fatness
    6. Beginnings, Again
    7. Selected Bibliography


    Emily L. Newman is Associate Professor of Art History at Texas A&M University-Commerce.