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Paul Vlitos was born in 1979. After obtaining a Master's degree at UCL, he completed his dissertation, 'Eating and Identity in the novels of V.S. Naipaul, Anita Desai, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie', and was awarded a PhD from the Cambridge in 2005. His research interests include Indian Writing in English, Caribbean Anglophone Literature, the 19th and 20th Century British Novel, and post-1945 British Literature.
The story is told in a series of emails. Not a new phenomenon and perhaps quite reflective of the way people tend to communicate with each other nowadays but this is a very funny book and for anyone who does communicate via email it will all seem very familiar. Due to the format this will be a quick read but thoroughly enjoyable
This book focuses on the fiction of four postcolonial authors: V.S. Naipaul, Anita Desai, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie. It argues that meals in their novels act as sites where the relationships between the individual subject and the social identities of race, class and gender are enacted. Drawing upon a variety of academic fields and disciplines - including postcolonial theory, historical research, food studies and recent attempts to rethink the concept of world literature - it dedicates a chapter to each author, tracing the literary, cultural and historical contexts in which their texts are located and exploring the ways in which food and the act of eating acquire meanings and how those meanings might clash, collide and be disputed. Not only does this book offer suggestive new readings of the work of its four key authors, but it challenges the reader to consider the significance of food in postcolonial fiction more generally.