The Ambiguity of Taste: Freedom and Food in European Romanticism

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Overview


Between the political revolutions of 1789 and 1848 no other subject so directly challenged the notion of "good taste" in literature as food. To be "in good taste," a work of the high style excluded references to literal taste; culinary allusions in tragedy and lyric poetry therefore represented an ironic attack on literary decorum and a liberation from the constraints of figurative taste.

In The Ambiguity of Taste, Jocelyne Kolb attempts to define changes in genre and metaphorical usage by undertaking close readings of six authors. She looks first at Molière and Fielding, whose culinary allusions herald poetic revolution but whose works do not themselves escape the limits of a neoclassical aesthetic. Byron and Heine, known as renegades, are treated in separate chapters and in the greatest detail. The penultimate chapter joins Goethe and Hugo as champions of poetic freedom, and in the final chapter Kolb briefly considers Thomas Mann and Proust, whose works display the gains of poetic revolution.

This book will be savored by students of comparative literature and European Romanticism. Its accessible style will tempt nonspecialists and food enthusiasts as well.

Jocelyne Kolb is Professor of German Studies, Smith College. This book was the winner of the 1995 American Conference on Romanticism Book Prize.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472105540
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 360

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Poetics of Ambiguous Taste 11
2 Real Taste or True Taste: Moliere's Les Femmes savantes and Fielding's Tom Jones 25
3 Byron's Don Juan, or Four and Twenty Blackbirds in a Pie 55
4 Heine and the Aesthetics of the Tea Table 115
5 Goethe and Hugo: The License of Taste 225
Conclusion: The Effects of Poetic Revolution: From Ambiguous to Symbolist Taste 291
Notes 303
Bibliography 329
Index 339
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