Food and the Literary Imagination

Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Richard Marggraf Turley, Howard Thomas

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People, international agencies and governments are increasingly concerned about the nature of our food, where it comes from, and the conditions in which it is produced. By close reading of a wide sweep of historical literature, including works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats and George Eliot, Food and the Literary Imagination shows that such anxieties are nothing new, and that we are not confronting them alone. Too often, we engage with our rural, worked environments through the lens of apparently sentimental and incidental literary representations. The book recovers lost understandings of the materiality of life and sustenance for the authors and their first readers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages222
ISBN (Electronic)9781137406385
ISBN (Print)9781137406361, 1137406364
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2014


  • Keats
  • Shakespeare
  • chaucer
  • george eliot
  • john constable
  • food
  • literature
  • food security
  • sustainability
  • politics
  • literary analysis
  • agriculture
  • fields
  • food supply
  • crops


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