Leftovers : eating, drinking and re-thinking with case studies from post-war french fiction (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Leftovers : eating, drinking and re-thinking with case studies from post-war french fiction

Author: Ruth Cruickshank
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2019.
Series: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 67.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Eating and drinking are essential to survival. Yet for human animals, they are intrinsically ambivalent, proliferating with ideological, historical and psychological leftovers. This study reveals and mobilizes the provisional meanings, repressed experiences and unacknowledged tensions bound up with representations of food, drink and their consumption. It creates a flexible critical framework by bringing together an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Critiques littéraires
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Cruickshank
ISBN: 9781789620672 1789620678
OCLC Number: 1259366573
Description: x, 230 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : tapping the critical potential of representations of eating and drinking --
(Re-)Thinking with eating and drinking --
Re-thinking the story : food, drink and interpretation in Alan Robbe-Grillet's Les Gommes/The erasers --
Feeding and reading ambivalence : incorporating difference in Annie Ernaux's Les Armoires vides/Cleaned out --
Food questioning values in Marie Darrieussecq's Truismes/Pig tales --
Weighing up the potential of literary consumption : feeding on scraps in Michel Houellebeca's La Carte et le territoire/The map and the territory --
Conclusion : taking on leftovers.
Series Title: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 67.
Responsibility: Ruth Cruickshank.

Abstract:

"Eating and drinking are essential to survival. Yet for human animals, they are intrinsically ambivalent, proliferating with ideological, historical and psychological leftovers. This study reveals and mobilizes the provisional meanings, repressed experiences and unacknowledged tensions bound up with representations of food, drink and their consumption. It creates a flexible critical framework by bringing together an unexploited convergence of post-war French thinkers who use - or whose thought is legible through - figures of eating and drinking, including Barthes, Bataille, Beauvoir, Bourdieu, Certeau, Cixous, Derrida, Fischler, Giard, Kristeva, Lacan, Lefebvre, Lévi-Strauss, Mayol and Sartre. New combinations emerge for elucidating the intersecting effects of incorporation; constructs of class, gender and racial difference; bad faith; distinction; secondary ideological signifying systems; provisional meanings bound up with linguistic traces; economies of excess; everyday 'making-do'; the ethics of consuming the other; the return of the repressed; lack; abjection; and notions of 'eating on the sly', 'mother's milk', the 'omnivore's paradox' and 'gastro-anomie'. The vast possibilities for re-thinking with eating and drinking are further exemplified in case studies of novels in which - often beyond authorial intentions - food and drink are structurally important and interpretatively plural. These are Robbe-Grillet's Les Gommes/The Erasers (1953); Ernaux's Les Armoires vides/Cleaned Out (1974); Darrieussecq's Truismes/Pig Tales (1996); and Houellebecq's La Carte et le territoire/The Map and the Territory (2010). New understandings of post-war French cultural production are revealed in these case studies. But above all, the analyses demonstrate the potential for literary, comparative, cultural, film, gender and food studies of re-thinking with eating and drinking across genres, periods and places."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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