Feeding culture

Feeding culture

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There is no sapient question: to eat or not to eat? Eating comes before culture, but with culture it becomes more than just eating. It is with the purpose of exploring the relation between culture and consuming food--a relation far more complex than it might seem at first sight--that this book has been intended. In this sense, the book inscribes itself within that trend in cultural studies whose main objectives include the defamiliarization of the commonplace. While its subject matter is quite specific, the range of particular issues--apart from theoretical ones--involves different geo-cultural areas and different temporal environments: from Sri Lanka via Europe to South America, and from ancient Rome via medieval times to contemporary England. Likewise, the cultural realms in which food and eating appeal as significant and meaningful components of reality range from fiction to practices of everyday life, from gender identity to eroticism, from economy to epistemology.Martiala#39;s cruel commentary to an unfortunate female acquaintance makes this all too clear. His biting observation that aquot;your face and lips, Manneia, your little dog licks; I dona#39;t wonder if a dog likes to eat shit, aquot; resonates with the contemporaryanbsp;...

Title:Feeding culture
Author: Wojciech Kalaga, Tadeusz Rachwał
Publisher:Peter Lang Pub Inc - 2005-04-30

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