Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

  • Editors
  • Monika Elbert
  • Marie Drews

Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Monika Elbert, Marie Drews
      Pages 1-18
  3. Culinary Etiquette and Capitalist Appetites: Consumption and Economies of Food

  4. Confrontations and Negotiations: Power Dynamics at the American Table

  5. Palatable Virtues: Models of Citizenship and the National Cuisine

  6. Man Does Not Live on Bread Alone: The Paradox of Nourishment

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-267

About this book


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.


aesthetics America Amerikanische Literatur fiction novel politics rhetoric

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