1st Edition

Food, Drink, and the Written Word in Britain, 1820-1945





ISBN 9780367876111
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
230 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

This volume explores the intersection between culinary history and literature across a period of profound social and cultural change. Split into four parts, essays focus on the relationships between eating and childhood reading in the Victorian era, the role of hunger in depicting social instability and reform, the cultivation of taste through advertising and the formation of cultural legacies through imaginative and emotional experiences of food and drink. Contributors show that studying consumption is necessary for a full understanding of class, gender, national identity and the body. The works of writers such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Edward Lear, Isabella Beeton and Bram Stoker are considered alongside advice manuals, Home Front narratives and advertising to provide an innovative work that will be of interest to scholars of social, cultural and medical history as well as literary studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Mary Addyman, Laura Wood, and Christopher Yiannitsaros





Part I – Devouring Didacticism: Feeding Young Minds





Chapter 1 – Sweet Poison: Food Adulteration and Fiction



Laura Wood





Chapter 2 – Onions and Honey, Roast Spiders and Chutney: Unusual Appetites and Disorderly Consumption in Edward Lear’s Nonsense Verse



Charlotte Boyce





Part II – An Appetite for Change: Hunger and Nineteenth-Century Society





Chapter 3 – The Rhetoric of Taste: Reform, Hunger and Consumption in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton



Lesa Scholl





Chapter 4 – Feeding the Vampire: The Ravenous Hunger of the Fin de Siècle



Angelica Michelis





Part III – The Power of the Printed Word: Advertising and Markets





Chapter 5 – ‘A change comes over the spirit of your vision’: Champagne in Britain



Graham Harding





Chapter 6 – The Language of Advertising: Fashioning Health Consumers at the Fin de Siècle



Lesley Steinitz





Part IV – Into the Twentieth Century: Legacies and Memories





Chapter 7 – ‘Yes, We had no Bananas’: Sharing Memories of the Second World War



Corinna Peniston-Bird





Chapter 8 – Meeting Mrs Beeton: The Personal is Political in the Recipe Book



Margaret Beetham





 



Conclusion



‘All else is vain, but eating is real’: Gustatory Bodies



Mary Addyman



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Editor(s)

Biography

Mary Addyman recently completed her PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK



Laura Wood recently completed her PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK



Christopher Yiannitsaros recently completed his PhD at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK