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The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies

Edited By

Amy Erdman Farrell

  • Available for pre-order on June 9, 2023. Item will ship after June 30, 2023
ISBN 9780367691684
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
392 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies is a key reference work in contemporary scholarship situated at the intersection between Gender and Fat Studies, charting the connections and tensions between these two fields.

Comprising over 20 essays from a range of diverse and international contributors, the reader is structured around the following key themes: theorizing gender and fat; narrating gender and fat; historicizing gender and fat; institutions and public policy; health and medicine; popular culture and media; and resistance. It is an intersectional collection, highlighting the ways that "gender" and "fat" always exist in connection with multiple other structures, forms of oppression, and identities, including race, ethnicity, sexualities, age, nationalities, disabilities, religion, and class.

The Contemporary Reader of Gender and Fat Studies is essential reading for scholars and advanced students in Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Body Studies, Cultural Studies, Psychology and Health.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1: Connecting Gender and Fat : Feminism, Intersectionality and Stigma

Amy Erdman Farrell

Part II: Discourses of Gender and Fat:

2: Undesirably Different: Hyper(in)visibilty and the Gendered Fat Body

Jeannine Gailey

3 Gendered Fat Bodies as Neoliberal Bodies

Hannele Harjunen

4 To Have and Not to Hold: Queering Fatness

Cat Pausé

5 Antiblackness, Gender and Fat

Da’Shaun Harrison

Part III: Narrating Gender and Fat

6 Embodied Narration

Kimberly Dark

7 Fat Stories

Susan Stinson

Part IV: Historicizing Fatness

8 The Politics of Fat and Gender in the Ancient World

Susan Hill

9 Historicizing Black Women’s Anti-Fatness

Ava Purkiss

Part V: Gender and Fat in Institutions and Public Policy

10: Public Policy and the Repercussions of Fat Stigma on Women and Children

April Michelle Herndon

11: Anti-fat and Anti-Latina Discourse and Policy in the United States

E. Cassandra Dame-Griff

12: Fatness, Gender, and Academic Achievement in Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Heather A. Brown

Part VI: Gender and Fat in Health and Medicine

13: Eating Disorders, Gender, and Fat: Theorizing the Fat Body in Feminist Theories

of Eating Disorders

Erin N. Harrop

14: Immovable Subjects, Unstoppable Forces: Bariatric Surgery, Gender, and the


Nikkolette Lee

15: Gender, Fat, and "Reproductive" Healthcare: Negotiating Fat Pregnancy in the

Context of Eugenics

Emma Lind, Deborah McPhail, and Lindsey Mazur

Part VII: Gender and Fat in Popular Culture and Media

16: Sexy, Docile Bodies: The Objectification and Paternalistic Management of Plus-

Size Models

Amanda M. Czerniawski

17: Big-Gay Men Entering the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Fat-

Affirming Subcultures and Imagery

Jason Whitesel

18: From Hattie McDaniel to Queen Latifah: Examining a New Mammy and other

Fat Black Women Representations in Contemporary Media

Roshaunda L. Breeden and Terah J. Stewart

Part VIII: Gender, Fat and Resistance

19: Coming Out as Fat

Rachele Salvatelli

20: Fat Community

Judith Stein with Meridith Lawrence and Susan Stinson

21: Belle di Faccia: Fat Activism in Italy

Mara Mibelli and Chiara Meloni

22: "Your belly is a heap of wheat:" a Torah of Fat Liberation

Rabbi Minna Bromberg

23: Don’t Forget to Be Yourself

Joy Cox


Part IX: In Memoriam

Chapter 24: Friend of Cat

Substantia Jones


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Amy Erdman Farrell is the James Hope Caldwell Memorial Chair and Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College. The author of Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism and Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture, she has shared her research on national popular media, including Bitch, the New Yorker, Psychology Today, NPR, CNN, and The Colbert Report. From 2019-2020 she served as an American Council of Learned Societies fellow and in 2021-2022 she was in residence at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, where she worked on a project focusing on key moments in the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA.