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(In)digestion in Literature and Film
A Transcultural Approach

ISBN 9780367443078
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages

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(In)digestion in Literature and Film: A Transcultural Approach is a collection of essays spanning diverse geographic areas such as Brazil, Eastern Europe, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Despite this geographic variance, they all question disordered eating practices represented in literary and filmic works. The collection ultimately redefines disorder, removing the pathology and stigma assigned to acts of non-normative eating. In so doing, the essays deem taboo practices of food consumption, rejection and avoidance as expressions of resistance and defiance in the face of restrictive sociocultural, political, and economic normativities. As a result, disorder no longer equates to "out of order", implying a sense of brokenness, but is instead envisioned as an act against the dominant of order of operations. The collection therefore shifts critical focus from the eater as the embodiment of disorder to the problematic norms that defines behaviors as such.

Table of Contents


Section One: Theoretical and Formal Contours

  1. Suckling Pig or Potatoes? Class Politics and Food Symbolism in        
  2. Eastern European Film 

    Elena Popan

  3. Haptic for Gourmets: Cinema, Gastronomy, and Strategic Exoticism                
  4. in Eat Drink Man Woman and Tortilla Soup 

    Aida Roldán-García

  5. Pro-Ana and Mia Blogs and Care of the Self          
  6. Jenny Platz

    Section Two: Disordered Eating Beyond the West

  7. White Pigs and Black Pigs, Wild Boar and Monkey Meat: Cannibalism and        
  8. War Victimhood in Japanese Cinema         

    Kenta McGrath

  9. "Such a Thin Slice of Watermelon!" Fat and Thin in Macabéa’s        
  10. Malnourished World 

    Benjamin Legg

  11. Multiplicities of Identities and Meanings Behind Devouring Characters in        
  12. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away     

    Katsuya Izumi

  13. The Dangerous Vegan: Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and the Anti-Feminist          
  14. Rhetoric of Disordered Eating 

    Laura Wright

    Section Three: Disordered Eating in the West

  15. Dietary Perversions and Subversion of Nature in Huysmans’s          
  16. Against Nature            

    Romain Peter 

  17. Eating the Dead: Transgressive Hungers and the Grotesque        
  18. Body in Ulysses                           

    Wilson Taylor

  19. Hungry for Honey: Desire in Dacia Maraini’s Il treno per Helsinki                      
  20. Eilis Kierans

  21. "Identica a loro?": (In)digesting Food and Identity in Igiaba        
  22. Scego’s "Salsicce"              

    Francesca Calamita

  23. From Bartholomew Fair to Bridesmaids: Ben Jonson’s Fecopoetics                            

and Gendered American Pop Culture 

Emily Gruber Keck

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Niki Kiviat is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Columbia University, where her research interests include food studies; Italy’s food and material culture as manifest in films of the Economic Miracle; star studies; and the legacy of neorealist film, which was the subject of her Master’s thesis, also from Columbia. Her essay, "From Pizzaiola to Phenom: Viewing Sophia Loren Through Food," will be published in the edited volume Eve’s Sinful Bite: Foodscapes in Italian Women’s Writing, Culture, and Society (forthcoming, Bloomsbury).

Serena J. Rivera is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Her research interests concern the intersections of food, gender, race, and sexuality throughout Luso/Hispanophone cultural production. She has published on the topics of food metaphors in Mozambican and Cape Verdean literatures as well as the teaching of Portuguese language in the US. She has also translated Alberto Pena-Rodriguez’s News on the American Dream: A History of the Portuguese Press in the United States (forthcoming, Tagus Press). She is currently working on several article manuscripts that explore the use of food in (post)colonial nationalist rhetoric in Mozambique as well as the linkages between the abject and racial identity in late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century Brazilian literature. Her monograph project comparatively examines the intersections of masculinity, food, and nation in Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Mozambican literatures.