Food, Consumption and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction
By (author) Sarah Sceats
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Food, Consumption and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction by Sarah Sceats
Book DescriptionThis study explores the subtle and complex significance of food and eating in contemporary women's fiction. Sarah Sceats reveals how preoccupations with food, its consumption and the body are central to the work of writers such as Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Michele Roberts and Alice Thomas Ellis. Through close analysis of their fiction, Sceats examines the multiple metaphors associated with these themes, making powerful connections between food and love, motherhood, sexual desire, self identity and social behaviour. The activities surrounding food and its consumption (or non-consumption) embrace both the most intimate and the most thoroughly public aspects of our lives. The book draws on psychoanalytical, feminist and sociological theory to engage with a diverse range of issues, including chapters on cannibalism and eating disorders. This lively study demonstrates that feeding and eating are not simply fundamental to life but are inseparable from questions of gender, power and control.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604550
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sarah Sceats
Food, Consumption and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction, Hardback (April 2000)
Study of the subtle and complex significance of food and eating in contemporary women's fiction.
Image and Power, Hardback (January 1996)» View all books by Sarah Sceats
This collection of essays focuses on some of the major issues addressed by women's writing in the 20th century, concerning genre, subjectivity and social and cultural expectations - issues which, in the past, have been regarded from an essentially male perspective.
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