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Food, Consumption and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction - Sarah Sceats

Food, Consumption and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction

Hardcover Published: 8th May 2000
ISBN: 9780521661539
Number Of Pages: 224

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This study explores the subtle and complex significance of food and eating in the fiction of contemporary women writers. Sarah Sceats' lively analysis demonstrates that food and its consumption are not simply fundamental to life but are inseparable from questions of gender, power and control. Focusing on the work of Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Michele Roberts and Alice Thomas Ellis, she makes powerful connections between food and love, motherhood, sexual desire, self identity and social behavior, and engages with issues as diverse as cannibalism and eating disorders.

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"Even a quick review of contemporary volumes on food and literary criticism reveals a sort of sheepish, amused treatment of the subject, as if it were to light a topic to explore in a really serious book. To Sceats's credit her study argues for the profound role played by fook and eating in most people's lives. The arguments are solid and sophisitcated, the writing clear, energetic, and engaging. Sure to interest a wide variety of readers, this volume is recommended for upper-division undergraduates and faculty." Choice

The food of love: mothering, feeding, eating and desire
Cannibalism and Carter: fantasies of omnipotence
Eating, starving and the body: Doris Lessing and others
Sharp appetites: Margaret Atwood's consuming politics
Food and manners: Roberts and Ellis
Social eating: identity, communion and difference
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ISBN: 9780521661539
ISBN-10: 0521661536
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 8th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5

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