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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

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Published: 27th January 2005
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This study explores the subtle and complex significance of food and eating in contemporary women's fiction. Sarah Sceats reveals how preoccupations with food, its consumption and the body are central to the work of writers such as Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Michele Roberts and Alice Thomas Ellis. Through close analysis of their fiction, Sceats examines the multiple metaphors associated with these themes, making powerful connections between food and love, motherhood, sexual desire, self identity and social behaviour. The activities surrounding food and its consumption (or non-consumption) embrace both the most intimate and the most thoroughly public aspects of our lives. The book draws on psychoanalytical, feminist and sociological theory to engage with a diverse range of issues, including chapters on cannibalism and eating disorders. This lively study demonstrates that feeding and eating are not simply fundamental to life but are inseparable from questions of gender, power and control.

"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

Introduction
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
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521604550
ISBN-10: 0521604559
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.34