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Fat: Culture and Materiality
Christopher E. Forth, Alison Leitch
"Fat". In contemporary society the word never fails to elicit powerful emotions, especially as it relates to bodily health and appearance. But fat is a noun as well as an adjective and has a cultural life outside of its relationship with the human body. By focusing on the complex physical and experiential dimensions of this problematic substance, Fat: Culture and Materiality breaks new ground in the study of the relationship between culture and the material world.
With contributions from well-respected international scholars, this innovative and interdisciplinary collection will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in fat and its relationship to culture, materiality and lived experience. The volume addresses the role of fats in a variety of cultural settings. Topics include the politics of Palestinian olive oil; the allure of pig fat in heritage pork; the material sources of fat stereotypes in classical and biblical texts; the use of harvested fat in aesthetic surgery; and the status of fat in the self-narratives of anorexics.
Weiss, B. (2014). In Tastes, Lost and Found: Remembering the Real Flavor of Fat Pork. Christopher E. Forth, Alison Leitch (Ed.), Fat: Culture and Materiality (pp. 33-51). Bloomsbury. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/asbookchapters/65