The Flavors of Modernity: Food and the Novel

21 mars 2017|
The Flavors of Modernity: Food and the Novel de Gian-Paolo Biasin
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From Rabelais''s celebration of wine to Proust''smadeleineand Virginia Woolf''sboeuf en daubeinTo the Lighthouse, food has figured prominently in world literature. But perhaps nowhere has it played such a vital role as in the Italian novel. In a book flowing with descriptions of recipes, ingredients, fragrances, country gardens, kitchens, dinner etiquette, and even hunger, Gian-Paolo Biasin examines food images in the modern Italian novel so as to unravel their function and meaning. As a sign for cultural values and social and economic relationships, food becomes a key to appreciating the textual richness of works such as Lampedusa''sThe Leopard, Manzoni''sThe Betrothed, Primo Levi''sSurvival in Auschwitz, and Calvino''sUnder the Jaguar Sun. The importance of the culinary sign in fiction, argues Biasin, is that it embodies the oral relationship between food and language while creating a sense of materiality. Food contributes powerfully to the reality of a text by making a fictional setting seem credible and coherent: a Lombard peasant eatspolentainThe Betrothed, whereas a Sicilian prince offers a monumentalmacaroni timbaleat a dinner inThe Leopard. Similarly, Biasin shows how food is used by writers to connote the psychological traits of a character, to construct a story by making the protagonists meet during a meal, and even to call attention to the fictionality of the story with a metanarrative description. Drawing from anthropology, psychoanalysis, sociology, science, and philosophy, the author gives special attention to the metaphoric and symbolic meanings of food. Throughout he blends material culture with observations on thematics and narrativity to enlighten the reader who enjoys the pleasures of the text as much as those of the palate.

Originally published in 1993.

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Titre :The Flavors of Modernity: Food and the NovelFormat :Couverture soupleDimensions de l'article :182 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 0 poDimensions à l'expédition :182 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 0 poPublié le :21 mars 2017Publié par :Princeton University PressLangue :anglais

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ISBN - 10 :0691603472

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