Guest review by Crystal Yin Lie added 20/3/18 “Pictures mark an increase in the symbolic tenor of the discourse of anorexia,” writes Erin O’Connor in her study of how late-19th century medical photography came to frame anorexia nervosa as a discrete pathology. Wresting the representation of anorexia (and eating disorders more generally) from the realms of medical science, contemporary writers and artists have turned to a different pictorial form—the graphic form—creating a profusion of narratives including British artist Katie Green’s debut memoir, Lighter Than My Shadow (2013). In My Shadow, Green depicts Katie’s experience with eating disorders—beginning with childhood anorexia—anxiety,… Read More
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