Feasting Vs. Fasting

“…. Hysterics privately enact the battle between Carnival and Lent, a battle in which the anorexic figure of Lent–a figure represented as emaciated, old and female, a figure of humourless fasting and sexual abstinence–is invariably the victor….”

Stallybrass, Peter and Allon White. THE POLITICS AND POETICS OF TRANSGRESSION. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1986. 184. Print.

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“The Fight Between Carnival and Lent”, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559

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