Georges Vigarello is research director at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He has published prolifically on topics ranging from Concepts of Cleanliness: Changing Attitudes in France Since the Middle Ages (1988) to The History of Rape: Sexual Violence in France from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century (2001) and The History of the Body: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (2011). C. Jon Delogu is university professor in the Department of English at the Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon 3 in France. He is also the translator of the Columbia University Press books Murder in Byzantium: A Novel (2006) by Julia Kristeva and After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order (2003).
Vigarello offers up a grande bouffe of food for thought, tracing the impact of evolving mores and medicines on society's perception of an often stigmatized condition. Nature Vigarello masterfully traces...the stigmatization of the fat person over time. Times Literary Supplement Overall, a useful resource on the sociology and history of obesity... Choice At once compelling and ground-breaking... this work represents all that is best in new histories of the body. Modern Language Review A brilliant piece of work... A great opening point to the many opaque aspects of the consequences of body size for the fate of individuals and societies for future historians to explore. Social History of Medicine Enjoyable and useful. Vigarello manages to deliver an impresive amount of material in less than two hundred pages... Thought-provoking and entertaining. Bulletin of the History of Medicine The most impressive history of corpulence to date... essential reading for anyone wishing to understand how our modern preoccupations with size, weight, health, beauty, and morality have changed over time. American Historical Review In short, the breadth and detail of the account presented here provides a valuable resource for researchers to begin to understand the multiplicity of approaches to fatness over time. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography Exceptionally well organized and presented, The Metamorphoses of Fat is a unique and seminal work of outstanding scholarship that is unreservedly recommended. Midwest Book Review