Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century

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The act of eating is both erotic and violent. In eating, one wholly consumes the object being eaten; at the same time eating enacts a kind of vulnerability to the world, revealing a fundamental interdependence between the eater and that which exists outside her body. Racial Indigestion explores the links between food, visual, and literary culture in the nineteenth-century United States to reveal how eating, in its many forms, is deployed to shape racial and gendered citizenship ...

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Overview

The act of eating is both erotic and violent. In eating, one wholly consumes the object being eaten; at the same time eating enacts a kind of vulnerability to the world, revealing a fundamental interdependence between the eater and that which exists outside her body. Racial Indigestion explores the links between food, visual, and literary culture in the nineteenth-century United States to reveal how eating, in its many forms, is deployed to shape racial and gendered citizenship in the early history of American biopolitics.

Combing through a visually stunning and rare archive of children's literature, architectural history, domestic manuals, dietetic tracts, novels, and advertising, Racial Indigestion tells the story of the consolidation of nationalist mythologies of whiteness via the erotic politics of consumption. Less a history of commodities than a history of eating itself, the book seeks to understand how eating became an act of political and cultural agency variously linked to vice, virtue, race and class inequality and, finally, the queer pleasures and pitfalls of a burgeoning commodity culture. In so doing, Racial Indigestion sheds light on contemporary "foodie" culture's vexed relationship to nativism, nationalism, and race privilege.

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“A dazzlingly original and important contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century American literature and culture. It brings together the still-emergent field of food studies with Americanist literary and cultural studies, but not in order to ‘apply’ a set food studies methodology to literature, or merely to trace a theme. Tompkins brings a new lens to bear on the cultural forms of a particular time and place, resulting in new insights into familiar texts but also in new ways of seeing archives that may not have seemed worth further exploration.”-Glenn Hendler,Fordham University

Racial Indigestion is as creative as it is theoretically rigorous and archivally grounded. Tompkins sets forth a marvelous, fruitful array of analytic sites and clever juxtapositions, tracing the politics inherent in the decline of the hearth and the rise of stoves, reimagining the mouth as the window to an alimentary politics, and tracking the post-Reconstruction politics of trade cards. The connections she makes between eating and vernacular culture make the book satisfyingly literary, even as it is so clearly a stellar work of cultural studies.”-Elizabeth Freeman,author of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories

"Racial Indigestion provides a highly accessible and well theorized approach to tracing the intersecting resonances between the orality, alimentary, and eroticism of the mouth in literary representation. It will be of great interest to scholars of food studies, African-American studies, and nineteenth-century American literature."- Journal of American Culture,

"The best moments in Racial Indigestion come not in the large, embracing
statements of cultural analysis but in Tompkins’s close and persuasive textual
readings."-American Quarterly,

"highly ambitious and fascinating work"-Naomi Lesley,Children's Literature Association Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814770030
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyla Wazana Tompkins is an Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College. She is a former journalist and restaurant critic.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century 1

1 Kitchen Insurrections 15

2 "She Made the Table a Snare to Them": Sylvester Grahams Imperial Dietetics 53

3 "Everything 'Cept Eat Us": The Mouth as Political Organ in the Antebellum Novel 89

4 A Wholesome Girl: Addiction, Grahamite Dietetics, and Louisa May Alcott's Rose Campbell Novels 123

5 "What's De Use Talking 'Bout Dem "Mendments?": Trade Cards and Consumer Citizenship at the End of the Nineteenth Century 145

Conclusion: Racial Indigestion 183

Notes 189

Bibliography 241

Index 259

About the Author 276

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