Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945,
University of Warwick
March 8, 2014
This one day interdisciplinary conference brings together researchers with an interest in the culinary cultures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to share perspectives on food, drink, consumption and literature. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries see Britain develop a fraught relationship with food: as a commodity, a luxury item, a source of poison or nutrition; in abundance or in scarcity. Many of our most familiar texts from the period are riddled with allusions to their own relationship with food and consumption: from the ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ labels of Alice in Wonderland, to the seductive but toxic fruit of Rossetti’s Goblin Market.
“Devouring” provides a space to open up dialogue about narratives which explore eating, drinking, reading and their worth. With keynote addresses from Margaret Beetham (Salford) and Nicola Humble (Roehampton).
For more information on how to register, and the full programme, visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/food/ or