The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food explores the relationship between food and literature in transnational contexts, serving as both an introduction and a guide to the field in terms of defining characteristics and development. Balancing a wide-reaching view of the long histories and preoccupations of literary food studies, with attentiveness to recent developments and shifts, the volume illuminates the aesthetic, cultural, political, and intellectual diversity of the representation of food and eating in literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; Introduction, LORNA PIATTI-FARNELL AND DONNA LEE BRIEN; PART I. CONSUMING BODIES: GENDER, HUNGER, AND THE SENSES; 1 "New Motions of the Flesh": Chocolate, Pleasure, and the Rise of the Novel, KEVIN BOURQUE; 2 Wine Poems: The Drinking Song and Dithyrambic Ode in Romantic England and Germany, CARINA HART; 3 "Jaded Appetite" and "Perverted Taste": The Food Rhetoric of Nineteenth-Century Anti-Sensationalist Critics, SARAH FRÜHWIRTH; 4 Ravenous Fantasies and Revolting Dinners: Food and Horror in Children’s Literature, LORNA PIATTI-FARNELL; 5 Dinner for Two: Sexual Desire, Reciprocity, and Cannibalism, SARAH CLEARY; 6 Food, Duty, and Desire in the Women’s Novel in the 1960s, KERRY MYLER; 7 Women Who Don’t Eat in Modern Japanese Literature, EMERALD L. KING; 8 Disordered Eating: Food and Identity Formation, JERI KROLL AND JEN WEBB; 9 The Taste of Desire, The Trauma of Hunger: Black Female Edibility, RITA MOOKERJEE; 10 Tintin and the Secrets of Food: The Body Fantastic, Cultural Others and Limits of Language, PAUL MOUNTFORT; PART II. HISTORY, CULTURE, AND NATIONAL IDENTITIES; 11 "101 in the Shade": Christmas Pudding in Australian Popular and Literary Verse 1830s–1910, NICOLA ANAE; 12 The Devil at Work?: The Cook in Colonial Australian Literature, CHARMAINE O’BRIEN; 13 "The Uncultivated Taste": Explorer’s Accounts of Aboriginal Foodways in Nineteenth Century Australia, BLAKE SINGLEY; 14 Kiwi Cuisine: Cookbooks, Chefs, and Cultural Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand, TRACY BERNO, LINDSAY NEILL, DALE THOMPSON, CHRISTINE HALL, AND ALISON GRAVILLE; 15 Remembrance of Freedoms Past: Foodways in Slave Narratives, JENNIFER BROWN; 16 Eating to Become: Italian Counter-Narratives of Assimilation, Identity, and Migration, HARRY KASHDAN; 17 Transforming Hunger into Power: Food and Resistance in Nigerian Literature, JENNI RAMONE; 18 Caribbean Cravings: Literature and Food in the Anglophone Caribbean, SARAH LAWSON WELSH; 19 Taste Between the Lines: The Presentation of Food in Three Late Imperial Chinese Novels, YAN LIANG; 20 Food in the Singaporean Graphic Memoir, DONNA LEE BRIEN; 21 Food Metaphors in Parsi Fiction: Negotiating the Politics of Their Existential Crisis, PAROMITA DEB; 22 Alternative Nostalgia: Taiwanese Food Narrative 2000–2016, CHIENWEI PAN; PART III. MEALS, FEASTING, AND COMMENSALITY; 23 Classical Food and Literature from Archaic Greece to the Early Roman Empire, GAIL PITTAWAY; 24 Viands of the Divine: An Exploration of Food and Food-Based Ritual in Mythology, COREY R.WALDEN; 25 Food Culture and Food Imagery in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, BURÇIN EROL; 26 Feasts and Feasting in the Fourteenth Century: Gawain and the Green Knight, J.S. MACKLEY; 27 Meat Constructs: Early Modern English Carnivory, FREDERIKA BAIN; 28 "The Elegances of the Breakfast-Table": The Encoded Space of the Breakfast Room in Nineteenth-Century American Novels, ANN BEEBE; 29 Fears of Consumption and Being Consumed: The Gothicization of Food in Victorian Literature, CAMERON DODWORTH; 30 Would You Like a Cup of Tea?: Food, Home, and Mid-Century Anxiety in the Later Novels of Shirley Jackson, SHELLEY INGRAM AND WILLOW G. MULLINS; 31 From Imperial Pineapples to Stalinist Sausage: The Politics and Poetics of Food in Russian Literature, BARBARA WYLLIE; 32 The Food Trope in Literature, Poetry and Songs from the Irish Tradition, MÁIRTÍN MAC CON IOMAIRE; 33 Alimentary Monstrosities: Genetically Modified Food in Contemporary Fiction, MARIA CHRISTOU; PART IV. LITERARY FOOD GENRES; 34 The Bible and Food, CYNTHIA SHAFER-ELLIOTT; 35 Food for Survival: The Medical Importance of Food in Early Modern England, SHAWNA GUENTHER; 36 Lipped Words to Chew Upon: Thoreau’s Dietary Dialects, KIMO REDER; 37 Dinner Theater/Dinner Theatricality, LIZ BLAKE; 38 M.F.K. Fisher’s Culinary Memoirs, MAX FRAZIER; 39 Man-Eaters: Confessional Food Writing as Narratives of Masculinity, ANGELICA MICHELIS; 40 Eating to Live, Living to Tell: Foundational Food in the Latina Testimonial Text, AMANDA EATON MCMENAMIN; 41 Eat, Live, Remember: Food and the Post-Apocalyptic Novel, ANNE-MARIE EVANS; 42 Food, Memory, and Ethics in Graphic Narratives, MIHAELA PRECUP; 43 Reading the Food Blog as a "Culinary Autobiography": Exploring Lifestyle Construction and Enactment of Online Food-Centred Stories, CARMEL CEDRO; Index
Lorna Piatti-Farnell, PhD, is Director of the Popular Culture Research Centre at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Donna Lee Brien, PhD, is Professor of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University, Australia.