288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -283) and index.
"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"--Provided by publisher.
Introduction, Food as Chimera -- Strangeness and the Everyday -- The Politics of Food: Hunger -- The Difficult Dinner Party: Food as Performance in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Fiction -- Kitchen Politics: The Coming and Going of the British Servant -- Gender: Cooks, Chefs, Bon Viveurs and Domestic Goddesses -- Modernist Food/Modern Food: Literary and Culinary Experiments in the Early Twentieth Century -- Fantasies of Food in Children's Literature -- Reading Recipes -- Down the Alimentary Canal: Food, Digestion and Disgust -- Conclusion: Go to Work on an Egg.
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