Feeding Culture: The Pleasures and Perils of Appetite

by Wojciech Kalaga (Volume editor) Tadeusz Rachwal (Volume editor)
©2005 Edited Collection 176 Pages
Series: Literary and Cultural Theory, Volume 19


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 appear as significant and meaningful components of reality range from fiction to practices of everyday life, from gender identity to eroticism, from economy to epistemology.


ISBN (Softcover)
Englisch Literatur Ess- und Trinksitte (Motiv) Geschichte Aufsatzsammlung Ricoeur, Paul Fish, Stanley Essen Nahrung Trinken Horror Burton, Robert
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 175 pp.

Biographical notes

Wojciech Kalaga (Volume editor) Tadeusz Rachwal (Volume editor)

The Editors: Wojciech H. Kalaga is Professor of Literary Theory and English Literature at the University of Silesia, Poland, Chair of the Department of Literary and Cultural Theory and Director of the Institute of British and American Culture and Literature. He has published widely on literary and cultural theory and is also editor-in-chief of the literary journal Er(r)go. Tadeusz Rachwał is Professor of English Literature at the Academy of Technical and Human Sciences in Bielsko, Poland, where he is also Chair of the Department of Anglophone Literatures. He has published extensively on labour and leisure in the 19th century.


Title: Feeding Culture: The Pleasures and Perils of Appetite