The Pleasures and Horrors of Eating

The Cultural History of Eating in Anglophone Literature

The Pleasures and Horrors of Eating

Browsing through books and TV channels we find people pre-occupied with eating, cooking and competing with chefs. Eating and food in today's media have become a form of entertainment and art. A survey of literary history and culture shows to what extent eating used to be closely related to all areas of human life, to religion, eroticism and even to death. In this volume, early modern ideas of feasting, banqueting and culinary pleasures are juxtaposed with post-18th- and 19th-century concepts in which the intake of food is increasingly subjected to moral, theological and economic reservations. In a wide range of essays, various images, rhetorics and poetics of plenty are not only contrasted with the horrors of gluttony, they are also seen in the context of modern phenomena such as the anorexic body or the gourmandizing bete humaine. It is this vexing binary approach to eating and food which this volume traces within a wide chronological framework and which is at the core not only of literature, art and film, but also of a flourishing popular culture.

Douane

Douane

Borders are artificial constructs, but can be deadly to cross. They present one of the central social and cultural themes of our time. A group of 30 international artists, including Raul Cordero, Wang Fu, Christoph Rtimann, Monika Treut and Simone Zaugg, took over a warehouse section of Hamburg and explored the idea of borders through paintings, photos, video works and installations.