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Joan Jacobs Brumberg

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Joan Jacobs Brumberg is the award-winning author of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa. She is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, where she holds a unique appointment teaching in the fields of history, human development, and women's studies. Her research and sensitive writing about American women and girls have been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Ithaca, New York.



"Brumberg writes beautifully: her generous use of direct quotes from girls' diaries makes this an interesting, lively, and moving account of girls'... Read More

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The Body Project
An Intimate History of American Girls
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.00

Choice Outstanding Academic Book

The Body Project is at once rigorous and very accessible. Brumberg’s use of the intimate voices of girls’s diaries opened a wonderful discussion about sexuality in my women’s studies seminar. Students could see what was distinctive about their generation’s assumptions. In short, they could see themselves as part... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Body Project
An Intimate History of American Girls
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 9, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
Fasting Girls
The History of Anorexia Nervosa
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95

Winner of The Berkshire Prize in History, The John Hope Franklin Prize for American Studies, The Basker Memorial Prize for Medical Anthropology and The Watson Davis Prize for History of Science


This updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the... Read more >
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