The Poetics of Spice: Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic

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Overview

Timothy Morton explores the significance of spice, and the spice trade, in Romantic literature, shedding new light on the impact of a growing consumer culture and capitalist ideology on writers of the period. The Poetics of Spice includes discussion of a wide range of related topics—exoticism, orientalism, colonialism, the slave trade, race and gender issues, and, above all, capitalism. The book surveys literary, political, medical, travel, trade and philosophical texts, and includes new readings of Milton, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, Charlotte Smith and Southey among many others.

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"A magical mystery tour of a gargantuan subject largely unexamined in relation to its important role in shaping the modern Western world and English literature....Morton's wide-ranging, agile analysis of the cultural representations of spice..promises to transform not only our understanding of commodotiy fetishism and the poetry that arose in connection with it, but also current theories of cultural production and representation in general." Wordsworth Circle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521026666
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series , #42
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Morton is Professor of English at Rice University, Houston.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The confection of spice: historical and theoretical considerations; 2. Trade winds; 3. Place settings; 4. Blood sugar; 5. Sound and scents: further investigations of space; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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