Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

EditorMarie Drews, Monika Elbert

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Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the preponderance of food imagery in nineteenth-century literary texts. Contributors to this volume analyze the social, political, and cultural implications of scenes involving food and dining and illustrate how “aesthetic” notions of culinary preparation are often undercut by the actual practices of cooking and eating. As contributors interrogate the values and meanings behind culinary discourses, they complicate commonplace notions about American identity and question the power structure behind food production and consumption.

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Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the preponderance of food imagery in nineteenth-century literary texts. Contributors to this volume analyze the social, political, and cultural implications of scenes involving food and dining and illustrate how “aesthetic” notions of culinary preparat...

Monika Elbert is Professor of English at Montclair State University. She is the editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Enterprising Youth: Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and the co-editor of Reinventing the Peabody Sisters.Marie Drews is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Luther C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.28 × 5.71 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230616288

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Introduction--Monika Elbert and Marie Drews * PART I: Culinary Etiquette and Capitalist Appetites: Consumption and Economies of Food * Suburban Men at the Table: Culinary Aesthetics in the Mid-Century Country Book--Maura D’Amore * Conspicuous Consumption: Howells, James, and the Gilded Age Restaurant--Mark McWilliams * “Bonbons in Abundance”: The Politics of Sweetness in Kate Chopin’s Fiction--Andrew Dix and Lorna Piatti * PART II: Confrontations and Negotiations: Power Dynamics at the American Table * Whale as Dish: Culinary Rhetoric and the Discourse of Power in Moby-Dick--Robert T. Tally Jr. * Catharine Beecher, Harriet E. Wilson, and Domestic Discomfort at the Northern Table--Marie Drews * “True and Faithful in Everything”: Recipes for Servant and Class Reform in Catherine Owen’s Cookbook Novels--Kim Cohen * PART III: Palatable Virtues: Models of Citizenship and the National Cuisine * Doughnuts and Gingerbread, Apples and Pears: Boyhood Food Economies in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals for Children--Lorinda Cohoon * The Edible Book: White Female Pleasure and Novel Reading--Cree LeFavour * The Perfect Dinner: Hawthorne’s Ruminations on Old and New England--Monika Elbert * PART IV: Man Does Not Live on Bread Alone: The Paradox of Nourishment * Hunger, Panic, Refusal: The Gift of Food in Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World--Hildegard Hoeller * Strawberries and Salt: Culinary Hazards and Moral Education in Little Women--Yvonne Elizabeth Pelletier * “This Foreshadowed Food”: Representations of Food and Hunger in Emily Dickinson’s American Gothic--Elizabeth Andrews * Consumption and Cannibalism in the Altrurian Romances of William Dean Howells--Lance Rubin

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"Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature makes an original, interestingly diverse, and much-needed contribution to both the cultural study of American literature and the emerging field of critical food studies in the humanities."—Gregory Eiselein, Professor of English and Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Kansas State University and author of Literature and Humanitarian Reform in the Civil War Era“This cross-disciplinary collection investigates the complexities of making uniquely American food scenes out of continued exchanges transporting not merely food, but also its metaphors in a two-way flow of transatlantic responses. Elbert and Drews speak of ‘a culinary declaration of independence’ as writers of popular fiction as well as of cookbooks and travel accounts shuttled between evocations of abundance and excess, scarcity and frugality to create intriguing culinary metaphors, compelling us to gloss anew changing ways of presenting food in writing.”—Tamara S. Wagner, author of Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740-1890 and co-editor of Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century: Narratives of Consumption, 1700-1900