Rituals of Hunger. Laurie Halse Anderson’s <i>Wintergirls</i>


The following article discusses rituals of control and purification characteristic of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, as shown in Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Wintergirls. One of the main assumptions of the paper is that eating disorders should be analyzed in the context of contemporary Western culture and the conventional models of femininity. As the Beauty Myth becomes the modern religion, rituals of hunger are interpreted as a present‑day version of religious rites.

Key words: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, the Beauty Myth, rituals of control and purification

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Zuzanna Szatanik  zuzanna.szatanik@us.edu.pl
University of Silesia 
Zuzanna Szatanik is an assistant professor at the University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland). In 2005 she received a PhD from the University of Silesia. Her research interests include Canadian literature, American literature, minority literatures, gender studies, shame psychology and children’s literature. She taught courses on the history of American literature, interpretation of literature, and literary theory. Her 2012 book entitled De‑shamed. Feminist Strategies of Transgression… is a monography of Lorna Crozier’s poetry.