Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption: Eating the Avant-Garde

Food, Poetry, and the Aesthetics of Consumption: Eating the Avant-Garde

by Michel Delville
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415958318

ISBN-13: 9780415958318

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From Plato’s dismissal of food as a distraction from thought to Kant’s relegation of the palate to the bottom of the hierarchy of the senses, the sense of taste has consistently been devalued by Western aesthetics. Kant is often invoked as evidence that philosophers consider taste as an inferior sense because it belongs to the realm of the private and

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From Plato’s dismissal of food as a distraction from thought to Kant’s relegation of the palate to the bottom of the hierarchy of the senses, the sense of taste has consistently been devalued by Western aesthetics. Kant is often invoked as evidence that philosophers consider taste as an inferior sense because it belongs to the realm of the private and subjective and does not seem to be required in the development of higher types of knowledge. From a gastrosophical perspective, however, what Kant perceives as a limitation becomes a new field of enquiry that investigates the dialectics of diet and discourse, self and matter, inside and outside.

The essays in this book examine the importance of food as a pivotal element – both materially and conceptually – in the history of the Western avant-garde. From Gertrude Stein to Alain Robbe-Grillet and Samuel Beckett, from F.T. Marinetti to Andy Warhol, from Marcel Duchamp to Eleanor Antin, the examples chosen explore the conjunction of art and foodstuff in ways that interrogate contemporary notions of the body, language, and subjectivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415958318
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Tasting Is Believing: A Few Thoughts on Still Life Poetics   Greenaway   Stein   Stevens   Bly   Ponge   Claudel     10
On Tender Buttons and Brussels Sprouts: Modernism and the Aesthetics of Consumption   Stein   Lewis   Duchamp   Joyce     34
Pop Serialism: Soup Cans, Pie Counters, and Things that Look like Meat   Mullen   Ponge   Warhol   Pignatari   Oldenburg   Hirst   Thiebaud   Broodthaers   Sweetlove     58
Minimalists and Anorexics   Beckett   Dali   Broodthaers   Robbe-Grillet     78
Uncontrollable Materialities: Food and the Body in Performance   Baroness Elsa   Marinetti   Schneemann   Finley   Beuys   Fluxus   Beyond     98
Epilogue: The Food and Hunger Poet at the Turn of the Century: Anorexia, Anthropoemia, and Abjection   Antin   Manzoni   Delvoye     117
Notes     129
Works Cited     141
Index     147

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