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Cannibal Writes : Eating Others in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writings

Author: Njeri Githire
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Postcolonial and diaspora studies scholars and critics have paid increasing attention to the use of metaphors of food, eating, digestion, and various affiliated actions such as loss of appetite, indigestion, and regurgitation. As such stylistic devices proliferated in the works of non-Western women writers, scholars connected metaphors of eating and consumption to colonial and imperial domination. In Cannibal
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Njeri Githire
ISBN: 9780252038785 0252038789 0252096746 9780252096747
OCLC Number: 877367843
Description: x, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Cannibal Love: Ideologies of Power, Gender, and the Erotics of Eating --
Immigration, Assimilation, and Conflict: A Dialectics of Cannibalism and Anthropemy --
Dis(h)coursing Hunger: In the Throes of Voracious Capitalist Excesses --
Edible Ecriture: Feuding Words, Fighting Foods.
Responsibility: Njeri Githire.

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Employing theoretical analysis and insightful readings of English- and French-language texts, the author explores the prominence of alimentary-related tropes and their relationship to sexual  Read more...

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"A significant contribution to the field. Njeri Githire sensitively illuminates island literatures rarely considered in depth alongside one another." --Nicole Simek, author of Eating Well, Reading Read more...

 
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