The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness

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Susan Koppelman
Feminist Press at CUNY, 2003 - Fiction - 278 pages
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A daring new anthology of short stories, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe features women's stories on the theme of women and fatness, edited by the award-winning scholar on U.S. women's short story Susan Koppelman. Spanning from the 1890s through the 1990s, this vital collection explores the many psychological and emotional tensions in women's -relationships to—and perceptions of—their physical selves. Addressing the peculiarities, the delights, and the shames of body politics that reside in the flesh, these stories of bodies that refuse to be contained deftly and astutely comment on popular notions of acceptable body types and behaviors. Whether celebrating bodies deemed transgressive or simply acknowledging that such bodies exist, these diverse literary representations of fatness render the unfettered body brilliantly, -unapologetically visible.

 

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Contents

JUANITA
1
THE STOUT MISS HOPKINSS BICYCLE
3
THE HOMELY HEROINE
19
NOBLESSE
26
EVEN AS YOU AND I
35
FAT
56
THIS WAS MEANT TO BE
66
GOODBYE OLD LAURA
77
FAT LENA
151
ON WARD G
153
SKANKS
161
PERFECTLY NORMAL
171
PRIMOS
181
THE LANGUAGE OF THE FAT WOMON
190
THE MAN I LOVE
193
MAGNETIC FORCE
202

THE FOOD FARM
100
JELLY ROLLS
108
HE WAS A MAN BUT HE DID HIMSELF WRONG
116
THE FEEDER
124
BLOOMINGDALES
135
THE DREAM DIET
140
A MAMMOTH UNDERTAKING
147
THE HERSHEY BAR QUEEN
205
THE STRANGE HISTORY OF SUZANNE LAFLESHE
215
AFTERWORD
229
BIBLIOGRAPHY
269
CREDITS
273
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SUSAN KOPPELMAN is a pioneering literary historian, acknowledged as the leading authority on the women's short story in the United States. Her ten anthologies include Between Mothers and Daughters and The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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