Anorexia in Contemporary Spanish Narrative: A Survey of the Textual Body

As has been noted, the number of cases of anorexia in Spain surges in the latter decades of the 20th century and into the first decade of the 21st century; furthermore, this increase is reflected through anorexic characters in Spanish narrative (Butler). While it would please this critic to report otherwise, it appears that anorexia in Spain has not yet faded away; in fact, the news media, as recently as March of 2015, garnered attention with this shocking headline: “Spanish Priest Arrested for Performing Exorcism on Anorexic Girl” (Capon). As this caption suggests, anorexia is still a perplexing phenomenon in Spain, and just as it makes its presence felt in popular media, so does it continue to find its way into Spanish narrative.

In order to present a more comprehensive, current view of anorexia in Spanish narrative, this present study will consider texts not previously considered as part of this larger textual corpus, including, but not limited to: Cloe, la lucha por sobrevivir (2011) by Violeta Sánchez Pintado, Corazón de Mariposa (2014) by Andrea Tomé, Clara frente al espejo (2016) by Belén Olías Ericcson and Azul Capitana (2016) by María Fornet. Texts previously recognized, including Vals negro (1994) by Ana María Moix, Beatriz y los cuerpos celestes (1998) by Lucía Etxebarria, Irlanda (1998) and Melocotones helados (1999) by Espido Freire, will be re-considered – and perhaps re-positioned – in light of new visions of this growing textual body. Finally, this study hopes to present a critical view of these works, including new insights to patterns and trends, which can be gleaned only from this global approach.


  • Spanish Peninsular Studies