Title: Anorexia mirabilis decoded: Rereading female corporeal consumption in Dickens’s angelic daughters


Vol. 9(1), 2021, pp. 40-53

DOI: 10.46687/SILC.2021.v09i01.003


Author: Hristo Boev

About the author: Hristo Boev, Ph.D. is a senior assistant professor of English and American Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Shumen, Bulgaria. He is the author of the books: Modern(ist) Portrayals of the City in Dickens and Dos Passos and The Different Dobruja in the Literature between the Wars (original title in Bulgarian). He is also a translator of English and Romanian with numerous literary translations to his credit. His main interests lie in the fields of Comparative Literature, Modernism, Literary Urbanism, Geocriticism and the Art of translation.




Citation (APA style): Boev, H. (2021). Anorexia Mirabilis decoded: Rereading female corporeal consumption in Dickens’s angelic daughters. Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT, 9(1), 40-53. doi: 10.46687/SILC.2021.v09i01.003.




Abstract: This article makes a deconstructionist reading of anorexic women

in Dickens. For this purpose, three of his novels are examined: Dombey and Son, David Copperfield and Little Dorrit. The article challenges certain feminist claims of women in Dickens being sacrificed at the expense of men and proposes a conscious postponed consumption of commodities on the part of the women through marriage. The analysis is effectuated on the basis of comparing data from the novels in question, newspapers, medical studies and Victorian culture reviews. The results ascertain the employment of feminine stratagems in promoting the body politics that help Dickens’s angelic daughters to obtain the best husband for them and thus establish the successful patriarchal woman.

Key words: anorexia, mirabilis, feminist, patriarchal, Victorian



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