The Literature of Food

An Introduction from 1830 to Present

The Literature of Food

Why are so many literary texts preoccupied with food? The Literature of Food explores this question by looking at the continually shifting relationship between two sorts of foods: the real and the imagined. Les mer
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The Literature of Food

Why are so many literary texts preoccupied with food? The Literature of Food explores this question by looking at the continually shifting relationship between two sorts of foods: the real and the imagined. Focusing particularly on Britain and North America from the early 19th century to the present, it covers a wide range of issues including the politics of food, food as performance, and its intersections with gender, class, fear and disgust.

Combining the insights of food studies and literary analysis, Nicola Humble considers the multifarious ways in which food both works and plays within texts, and the variety of functions-ideological, mimetic, symbolic, structural, affective-which it serves.
Carefully designed and structured for use on the growing number of literature of food courses, it examines the food of modernism, post-modernism, the realist novel and children's literature, and asks what happens when we treat cook books as literary texts.

From food memoirs to the changing role of the servant, experimental cook books to the cannibalistic fears in infant picture books, The Literature of Food demonstrates that food is always richer and stranger than we think.

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Acknowledgements
Introduction, Food as Chimera - Strangeness and the Everyday
1. The Politics of Food: Hunger
2. The Difficult Dinner Party: Food as Performance in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Fiction
3. Kitchen Politics: The Coming and Going of the British Servant
4. Gender: Cooks, Chefs, Bon Viveurs and Domestic Goddesses
5. Modernist Food/Modern Food: Literary and Culinary Experiments in the Early Twentieth Century
6. Fantasies of Food in Children's Literature
7. Reading Recipes
8. Down the Alimentary Canal: Food, Digestion and Disgust
Conclusion: Go to Work on an Egg
Bibliography
Notes

This book offers the first comprehensive study of the literature of food.

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