Examines the figure of the cannibal as it relates to cultural identity in a wide range of literary and cultural texts.
Linking cannibalism to issues of difference crucial to contemporary literary criticism and theory, the essays included here cover material from a variety of contexts and historical periods and approach their subjects from a range of critical perspectives. Along with such canonical works as The Odyssey, The Faerie Queene, and Robinson Crusoe, the contributors also discuss lesser known works, including a version of the Victorian melodrama Sweeny Todd, as well as contemporary postcolonial and postmodern novels by Margaret Atwood and Ian Wedde. Taken together, these essays re-theorize the relationship between cannibalism and cultural identity, making cannibalism meaningful within new critical and cultural horizons.
Contributors include Mark Buchan, Santiago Colas, Marlene Goldman, Brian Greenspan, Kristen Guest, Minaz Jooma, Robert Viking O’Brien, Geoffrey Sanborn, and Julia M. Wright.
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About the Author
Kristen Guest is Lecturer at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Cannibalism and the Boundaries of Identity
2. Food for Thought: Achilles and the Cyclops
3. Cannibalism in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, Ireland, and the Americas
Robert Viking O'Brien
4. Robinson Crusoe Inc(orporates): Domestic Economy, Incest, and the Trope of Cannibalism
5. Devouring the Disinherited: Familial Cannibalism in Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer
Julia M. Wright
6. Are You Being Served? Cannibalism, Class, and Victorian Melodrama
7. From Caliban to Cronus: A Critique of Cannibalism as Metaphor for Cuban Revolutionary Culture
8. Cannibals at the Core: Juicy Rumors and the Hollow Earth Chronotope in Ian Wedde's Symmes Hole
9. Margaret Atwood's Wilderness Tips: Apocalyptic Cannibal Fiction
10. The Missed Encounter: Cannibalism and the Literary Critic
List of Contributors