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Fictions of Appetite

Alimentary Discourses in Italian Modernist Literature

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Enrico Cesaretti

Fictions of Appetite explores and investigates the aesthetic significance of images of food, appetite and consumption in a body of modernist literature published in Italian between 1905 and 1939. The corpus examined includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and plays by F.T. Marinetti, Aldo Palazzeschi, Massimo Bontempelli, Paola Masino and Luigi Pirandello. The book underlines the literary relevance and symbolic implications of the «culinary sign», suggesting a link between the crisis of language and subjectivity usually associated with modernism and figures of consumption and corporeal self-obliteration in «alimentary» discourse. In revisiting these works under label of modernism, which has traditionally been shunned in the Italian critical field, the volume brings critical discourse on early twentieth-century Italian literature closely into line with that of other Western literatures. The author argues that an alimentary perspective not only sheds striking new light on each of the texts examined, but also illustrates the signifying power of the culinary sign, its relations to the aesthetic sphere and its prominent role in the construction of a modernist sensibility.

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abstinence 115, 150, 152–3, 226 Adam, Paul 25, 28–33, 36–9, 40 aesthetics 2, 7, 42, 43, 122, 130, 133, 159, 192, 193 Airoldi Namer, Fulvia 170, 171, 172, 210, 214, 218, 220, 227 alimentation 4, 12, 45, 222, 231–2 Anderson, Mark 14, 15, 24, 131, 146, 192 anorexia 34–6, 107, 115, 117, 121, 130, 138, 146, 253 anthropophagy 90, 253 Antonello, Pierpaolo 246 appetite 1, 17, 22, 24, 55–7, 66, 67, 71, 116, 158, 164, 165, 174, 184, 187, 188, 218, 222, 223, 227–8, 240, 244, 246 Armstrong, Tim 6, 249, 251 avant-garde 6, 7, 8, 13, 16, 38, 42, 43, 47, 57, 84, 85, 88, 141, 156, 158, 168, 175, 178, 192 Bagatti, Fabrizio 156 Bakhtin, Mikhail 3 Baldacci, Luigi 156 Barthes, Roland 1, 3, 14 Bataille, Georges 1, 155, 195–6, 200, 201, 202 Benjamin, Walter 7, 48, 71, 110 Bennett, Jane 83, 99 Berghaus, Günther 88 Berman, Marshall 12 Biasin, Gian Paolo 5–6, 8, 142 body 3, 6–8, 10, 11, 12, 14–16, 23, 24, 39, 44, 55, 58, 59, 66, 67–9, 70–2, 76–8, 81–2, 92–3, 101, 108, 114, 122, 123, 126, 127, 129, 131–3, 135, 139, 142, 147, 149, 165, 167, 170, 182, 185–7, 198–201, 207, 215, 218, 231–2, 249, 250, 251–5 Bontempelli, Massimo 1, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 169, 171–3, 175, 177, 183, 184, 186, 188, 189, 190, 192, 207, 209–15, 216,...

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