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Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales

1st Edition

Edited by Alexander L. Kaufman, Penny Vlagopoulos


198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This collection of scholarly essays presents new work from an emerging line of inquiry: modern outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of food and feasting. Food, its preparation and its consumption, is presented in outlaw narratives as central points of human interaction, community, conflict, and fellowship. Feast scenes perform a wide variety of functions, serving as cultural repositories of manners and behaviors, catalysts for adventure, or moments of regrouping and redirecting narratives. The book argues that modern outlaw narratives illuminate a potent cross-cultural need for freedom, solidarity, and justice, and it examines ways in which food and feasting are often used to legitimate difference, create discord, and manipulate power dynamics.

Table of Contents


Alexander L. Kaufman and Penny Vlagopoulos

1. "Bred up a Butcher": The Meat Trade and Its Connection Criminality in Eighteenth-Century England

Stephen Basdeo

2. The Fare of "Sanguinary Devils": Feast and Storytelling in The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta

Jason Hogue

3. "I’d Dream of Feasts": Reading Southworth’s The Hidden Hand as a Dual Outlaw Narrative

Ann Beebe

4. Breaking Bad While Baking Bread: The Cereal Politics of Belle Starr’s Outlaw Reputation

Jenna Hunnef

5. The Twentieth-Century American Outlaw Feast: Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

W. B. Gerard

6. Food Fight!: Excess and Deficiency in National Lampoon’s Animal House

Alexander L. Kaufman

7. Post-Apocalyptic Outlaws: Weaponizing Food and Community in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

Jeff Birkenstein

8. Succulent Texts: Desire, Outlaws, and Consumption in Popular Romance

Kristin Noone

About the Editors

Alexander L. Kaufman is the Reed D. Voran Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Ball State University, where he teaches in the Honors College.

Penny Vlagopoulos is Assistant Professor of English at St. Lawrence University.

About the Series

Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture

Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture examines the nature, function, and context of the outlaw and the outlawed — people, spaces, practices — in the pre-modern world, and in its modern representations. By its nature, outlawry reflects not only the outlawed, but the forces of law which seek to define and to contain it. Throughout the centuries, a wide and ever-changing, and yet ever familiar, variety of outlaw characters and narratives has captured the imagination of audiences both particular and general, local and global. This series seeks to reflect the transcultural, transgendered and interdisciplinary manifestations, and the different literary, political, socio-historical, and media contexts in which the outlaw/ed may be encountered from the medieval period to the modern.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History