Friday, April 13, 2012


ABSTRACT: Marya Hornbacher’s memoir, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, is situated within the clinical literature about eating disorders. By using a narrator whose identity is fragmented by several different pronouns (“I,” “you,” “we”), Hornbacher’s work challenges the boundaries of clinical literature. Using theories about women’s life writing and disabilities studies, this paper will argue that Hornbacher’s memoir represents a way in which the field of medical humanities can be expanded to include the sociopolitical consequences of illness in its suggestions for reformation of diagnosis and patient/physician dialogue. 

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