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Gastro-modernismFood, Literature, Culture$
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Derek Gladwin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954682

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954682.001.0001

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The Social and Cultural Uses of Food Separation

The Social and Cultural Uses of Food Separation

(p.69) Chapter Four The Social and Cultural Uses of Food Separation

Peter Childs

Liverpool University Press

The status of food, as a source of nourishment and as a cultural signifier, underwent a transformation over the hundred years from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries. During this period of change in production and consumption, food was also avoided by, or lacked by, individuals and communities for a variety of reasons: hunger and famine; colonial prohibitions and cultural differences; illnesses and dietary resistance; economic realities amid the moral and social intersection of class and the cost of food. In this essay, I consider a range of these factors and circumstances in order to describe the importance of the presence or absence of food to perceptions of cultural distinction and separation observed in the lives and writings of canonical modernist authors.

Keywords:   starvation, hunger strike, abstinence, suffragettes, deprivation, cannibalism

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