Consumption and Culture in English Literature before 1800
Building off the 2018 MMLA themes of consumption and culture, this section invites papers that explore representations of food, its production, and/or its consumption in works of English literature before 1800. Possible questions to explore might include the following:
- What is the relation between consumption and humoralism? Does food offer another approach to early modern materialism?
- What are the connections between eating, food, and class in 18thcentury novels?
- How do pre-modern or early modern writers use aspects of culinary culture to understand other elements of human society?
- How does language of hunger and consumption intersect with gender, sexuality, and erotic desire?
- Does language having to do with the universal categories of food and consumption have an especially trans-historical resonance?
- How might discourses related to consumption offer a unique understanding of pre-modern subjectivity?
- What are the links between discourses of consumption, economic production, and colonialism?
- In what ways do literary discourses related to food and consumption speak to religious concerns in early modern England?
Please email 250-word abstracts with a brief bio to email@example.com by April 5, 2018.
The 2018 conference is meeting November 15-18 in Kansas City, Missouri. You can learn more about MMLA here: https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/callforpapers/