Emily T. Troscianko, Ph.D. has a BA in French and German, and a Masters and doctorate in German literature, all from the University of Oxford, England. From 2010-14 she was a Junior Reserch Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and she is now a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) at Oxford. Her current research focuses on the interactions between eating disorders and the reading of fiction: can a history of disordered eating affect how people interpret literature, and can reading certain kinds of literature in turn have effects, positive or negative, on eating-disorder outcomes? The project establishes a new partnership with the UK's leading eating-disorders charity, Beat, and aims to develop an experimental methodology suitable for exploring these questions with real texts and readers.
Emily developed anorexia at the age of sixteen, and grew increasingly ill over the next ten years. In the summer of 2008 she embarked on a course of cognitive behavioural therapy and began to eat again. Within a year, she regained a healthy weight, and she is now fully recovered. For more on her writing and thinking about anorexia, please see her personal website at http://troscianko.com/anorexia.htm.
A Hunger Artist explores what it's like to have anorexia nervosa and to recover from it, emphasising in particular the powerful interconnections between the sufferer's physical and psychological states. The blog discusses recent directions in clinical research on eating disorders, analyses some of the paradoxes and vicious circles that characterise this dangerous mental and physical illness, and connects eating disorders with current sociocultural trends and with personal factors like relationships, work/study, and sport.