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

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

by Sarah Sceats
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521604559

ISBN-13: 9780521604550

Pub. Date: 01/27/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604550
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The food of love: mothering, feeding, eating and desire; 2. Cannibalism and Carter: fantasies of omnipotence; 3. Eating, starving and the body: Doris Lessing and others; 4. Sharp appetites: Margaret Atwood's consuming politics; 5. Food and manners: Roberts and Ellis; 6. Social eating: identity, communion and difference; Conclusion.

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