1st Edition

Interdisciplinary Essays on Cannibalism Bites Here and There

Edited By Giulia Champion Copyright 2021
    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Interdisciplinary Essays on Cannibalism: Bites Here and There brings together a range of works exploring the evolution of cannibalism, literally and metaphorically, diachronically and across disciplines. This edited collection aims to promote a conversation on the evolution and the different uses of the tropes and figures of cannibalism, in order to understand and deconstruct the fascination with anthropophagy, its continued afterlife and its relation to different disciplines and spaces of discourse. In order to do so, the contributing authors shed a new light not only on the concept, but also propose to explore cannibalism through new optics and theories. Spanning 15 chapters, the collection explores cannibalism across disciplines and fields from Antiquity to contemporary speculative fiction, considering history, anthropology, visual and film studies, philosophy, feminist theories, psychoanalysis and museum practices. This collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking scholarly contributions suggests the importance of cannibalism in understanding human history and social relations.

    Preface: Bites Here and There

    Part I Cannibals with (Pitch)Forks

    Introduction – A Severed Head on a Silver Platter: Bloody Banquets, Revenge Cannibalism and Future Foodways

    Giulia Champion

    1. ‘I’ll play the cook’: Titus Andronicus and the Cannibalism of Revenge from Seneca to Julie Taymor’s Titus
    2. Romola Nuttall

    3. Cannibalism and Femininity: From the Old English Judith to Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark
    4. Roberta Marangi

    5. ‘You eat or you die’: Sixth Extinction Cannibalism in Contemporary Speculative Fiction
    6. Nora Castle

      Part II The Anthropophagus Complex

      Introduction – The Anthropophagus Complex: Despotic and Overbearing Ogre Figures in Ancient and Medieval Texts and in Psychoanalysis

      Giulia Champion

    7. Cannibalism and the Ancient Novel Revisited
    8. Edmund P. Cueva

    9. The Medieval Roots of Anthropophagy: Stereotypes, Metaphors and Practices
    10. Angelica Aurora Montanari

    11. Iconology and Metaphors in Viennese Actionism: Critical Actions against a Cannibalistic Society
    12. Nicola Viviani

    13. ‘We’ve both been his brides’: NBC’s Hannibal, Cannibalism and Psychological Violence in Platonic Relationships
    14. Shehzad Raj

      Part III Not Just Another Piece of Meat

      Introduction – Not Just Another Piece of Meat: The Sexual and Epistemological Violence of Gendered Otherness

      Giulia Champion

    15. Criminal Conversion and Cannibalistic Contrition in an Early Modern Spanish Broadsheet Ballad
    16. Stacey L. Parker Aronson

    17. Constructing Transgression: Cannibalism, Witchcraft and Womanhood in Lo Stregozzo
    18. Laura Scalabrella Spada

    19. The Better to Eat You With: The Anthropophagy Plots of Fairy Tales
    20. Silvia E. Storti

    21. Cannibalising Violence: Rethinking the Cannibal in order to Theorise an Unthinkability of Sexual Violence
    22. Cecilia Cienfuegos and Ana Abril

      Part IV (De)Meatifying and Digesting the Other

      Introduction – Decolonising Cannibalism from Travel Writing to Brazilian Antropofagia

    23. ‘Savages are but shades of ourselves’: Central African Cannibals in Herbert Ward’s Narratives (1890-1910)
    24. Sophie Dulucq

    25. Gastronomes of the Old School: American Iterations of the Cannibal Idea
    26. Nicholas A. B. Kahn

    27. Neo-Cannibalistic Spaces: Revisiting Museum Practice through Literary Fiction
    28. Louise Logan-Smith

    29. The Ethnographic Effect or, Antropofagia, its Past and Future

    Nelson Shuchmacher Endebo


    Giulia Champion is an Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. Her PhD investigated the tropes of extraction and cannibalism as decolonial approaches to literature emerging from the American and African continents. She is currently working on transdisciplinary climate change communication, material histories and the blue and energy humanities.



    "Interdisciplinary Essays on Cannibalism: Bites Here and There is a wide-ranging collection of suggestive and lively explorations of a broad variety of evocative instances of figural cannibalism. These essays make a compelling case for the prevailing relevance of the metaphor across multiple disciplines and fields of inquiry. Thoughtfully reassessing cannibalism in the light of recent theoretical perspectives and approaches, the volume’s contributors advocate spiritedly and provocatively for the concept’s enduring potential as a mode of illuminating distinct aspects of human history and socio-economic relations." Luís Madureira, Professor of African Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison