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Author Carruth, Allison, author

Title Global appetites : American power and the literature of food / Allison Carruth, University of California, Los Angeles
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (246 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Introduction: the power of food -- 2. Rural modernity: Willa Cather and the rise of agribusiness -- 3. 'Luxury feeding' and war rations: food writing at midcentury -- 4. Supermarkets and exotic foods: Toni Morrison's 'chocolate eater' -- 5. Postindustrial pastoral: Ruth Ozeki and the new muckrakers -- 6. The locavore memoir: food writing in the age of information
Summary "Global Appetites explores how industrial agriculture and countercultural food movements underpin US conceptions of global power in the century since the First World War. Allison Carruth's study centers on what she terms the 'literature of food' -- a body of work that comprises literary realism, late modernism and magical realism along with culinary writing, food memoir and advertising. Through analysis of American texts ranging from Willa Cather's novel O Pioneers! (1913) to Novella Carpenter's non-fiction work Farm City (2009), Carruth argues that stories about how the United States cultivates, distributes and consumes food imbue it with the power to transform social and ecological systems around the world. Lively and accessible, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to scholars of American literature and culture as well as those working in the fields of food studies, food policy, agriculture history, social justice and the environmental humanities"--Provided by publisher
"This literary study explores how agribusiness, industrial agriculture, and countercultural food movements underpin modern American conceptions of global power"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cather, Willa, 1873-1947 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Morrison, Toni. Tar baby
Ozeki, Ruth L. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Agricultural industries -- United States.
Agriculture in literature.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Food in literature.
Food writing -- United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107333490 (electronic book)
1107336813 (electronic book)
1139507400 (electronic book)
9781107333499 (electronic book)
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9781139507400 (electronic book)