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Food and Appetites: The Hunger Artist and the Arts Ann McCulloch

Food and Appetites: The Hunger Artist and the Arts

Ann McCulloch

Published June 11th 2013
ISBN : 9781299645288
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230 pages
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This book traces the various configurations of food as hunger, desire, and appetite which point to the complex dialectic of consumption and consummation of ideas and forms underpinning the arts. It examines the relationship between nature andMoreThis book traces the various configurations of food as hunger, desire, and appetite which point to the complex dialectic of consumption and consummation of ideas and forms underpinning the arts. It examines the relationship between nature and science, space and the act of artistic creation, desire and the arts, appetite and hunger. One of the aims of the book is to explore established theoretical and historical conceptions of nature in the arts and re-think their relationship to appetite in the globalized world. Examining the many guises and figurations of hunger in literature and the arts, this book gives an overview of the themes that emerge from the idea of the Hunger Artist alongside the fact of food: the latters significance as a barometer of social class- its rich source as a metaphor in literature and art- its unequal distribution throughout the world- and the means by which its consumption can lead to gluttony and further exploitation of the hungry. One of the great strengths of this book is the trans-disciplinary nature of the contributions achieved by mapping how the arts in their representation of social, psychological, political, and philosophical perspectives draw attention to the problems associated with excessive human cravings.