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Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction Consuming Passions, Unpalatable Truths

by Paul Vlitos

Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction Consuming Passions, Unpalatable Truths Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9783319964416
Publication date: 23rd October 2018
Author: Paul Vlitos
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 330 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Food & society,

About Paul Vlitos

Paul Vlitos is Senior Lecturer in the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey, UK, where he is Programme Leader for the English Literature with Creative Writing BA. His previous critical writing has appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Textual Practice, several edited collections and the TLS.

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