Food, Drink, and the Written Word in Britain, 1820-1945: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Food, Drink, and the Written Word in Britain, 1820-1945

1st Edition

Edited by Mary Addyman, Laura Wood, Christopher Yiannitsaros

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230 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Description

This volume explores the intersection between culinary history and literature across a period of profound social and cultural change. Split into four parts, essays focus on the relationships between eating and childhood reading in the Victorian era, the role of hunger in depicting social instability and reform, the cultivation of taste through advertising and the formation of cultural legacies through imaginative and emotional experiences of food and drink. Contributors show that studying consumption is necessary for a full understanding of class, gender, national identity and the body. The works of writers such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Edward Lear, Isabella Beeton and Bram Stoker are considered alongside advice manuals, Home Front narratives and advertising to provide an innovative work that will be of interest to scholars of social, cultural and medical history as well as literary studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Mary Addyman, Laura Wood, and Christopher Yiannitsaros

Part I – Devouring Didacticism: Feeding Young Minds

Chapter 1 – Sweet Poison: Food Adulteration and Fiction

Laura Wood

Chapter 2 – Onions and Honey, Roast Spiders and Chutney: Unusual Appetites and Disorderly Consumption in Edward Lear’s Nonsense Verse

Charlotte Boyce

Part II – An Appetite for Change: Hunger and Nineteenth-Century Society

Chapter 3 – The Rhetoric of Taste: Reform, Hunger and Consumption in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton

Lesa Scholl

Chapter 4 – Feeding the Vampire: The Ravenous Hunger of the Fin de Siècle

Angelica Michelis

Part III – The Power of the Printed Word: Advertising and Markets

Chapter 5 – ‘A change comes over the spirit of your vision’: Champagne in Britain

Graham Harding

Chapter 6 – The Language of Advertising: Fashioning Health Consumers at the Fin de Siècle

Lesley Steinitz

Part IV – Into the Twentieth Century: Legacies and Memories

Chapter 7 – ‘Yes, We had no Bananas’: Sharing Memories of the Second World War

Corinna Peniston-Bird

Chapter 8 – Meeting Mrs Beeton: The Personal is Political in the Recipe Book

Margaret Beetham

 

Conclusion

‘All else is vain, but eating is real’: Gustatory Bodies

Mary Addyman

About the Editors

Mary Addyman recently completed her PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK

Laura Wood recently completed her PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK

Christopher Yiannitsaros recently completed his PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK

About the Series

Warwick Series in the Humanities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT024040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century