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. She is currently a research fellow at St John's College, Oxford, investigating the interactions between literature and its readers. She recently began a medical-humanities project seeking to take personal experience and embodiment seriously as factors affecting reading habits and literary interpretation, with a specific focus on the interplay between eating disorders and fiction.
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.