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The tyranny of the normal : an anthology

Author: Carol C Donley; Sheryl Buckley
Publisher: Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, ©1996.
Series: Literature and medicine (Kent, Ohio), 2.
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"Most cultures ostracize people who do not fit within their norms. They pressure abnormal people to change their appearance, fix what bothers others, or stay out of sight - a pressure Leslie Fiedler has named 'the tyranny of the normal.' This anthology examines the experiences of those who live outside social norms for attractiveness, size, and shape; it also explores the reactions of 'normal' people to those who  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Literature
Literary collections
Collected Work
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol C Donley; Sheryl Buckley
ISBN: 0873385357 9780873385350
OCLC Number: 33008279
Notes: Errata slip inserted.
Description: xviii, 387 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The tyranny of the normal --
From Freaks : Myths and images of the secret self --
The Quasimodo complex : Deformity reconsidered --
Self-help for the facially disfigured : Commentary on "The Quasimodo complex" --
A brief response to "The Quasimodo complex" --
A response to "The Quasimodo complex" --
Commentary on " The Quasimodo complex" --
Literature as a clinical capacity : Commentary on "The Quasimodo complex" --
Quasimodo and medicine : What role for the clinician in treating deformity? --
Deformity and the humane ideal of medicine --
From Shame and body image : Culture and the compulsive eater --
Introduction to The mismeasure of woman --
To be or not be a woman : Anorexia nervosa, normative gender roles, and feminism --
Washing your feet --
The six hundred pound man --
Fat --
Weight bearing --
Skanks --
Fat people at the amusement park --
The fat girl --
The traveler --
To make a dragon move : From the diary of an anorexic --
When fat girls dream --
The meal --
The pull --
Disappearing --
A hunger artist --
Dwarf house --
The song the dwarf sings --
The dwarf --
The president --
Small man --
From The dwarf --
Hop-frog --
Beauty --
He --
Neurology rounds --
A very special arts festival --
The anatomy of desire --
"1921" from Sula --
From The elephant man --
The leg --
From The journal of a leper --
Everyday use --
Song for my son --
The ones that are thrown out --
Good country people --
To : The access committee --
Just another year in chronic IA --
Letter from the rehabilitation Institute --
The birthmark --
From The hunchback of Notre Dame --
Gargoyles --
The ear --
Harrison Bergeron --
The diary of an infidel --
Keela, the outcast Indian maiden.
Series Title: Literature and medicine (Kent, Ohio), 2.
Responsibility: edited by Carol Donley & Sheryl Buckley.


A study of the experiences of those who live outside social norms for beauty, size and shape, as well as the reactions of ""normal"" people to those who appear grotesque. The text contains essays on  Read more...


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