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By Denise Gigante

What does consuming need to do with aesthetic flavor? whereas so much bills of aesthetic background steer clear of the gustatory features of flavor, this ebook rewrites typical heritage to discover the constitutive and dramatic stress among urge for food and aesthetics on the middle of British literary culture. From Milton throughout the Romantics, the metaphor of style serves to mediate aesthetic judgment and consumerism, gusto and snobbery, gastronomes and gluttons, vampires and vegetarians, in addition to the philosophy and body structure of food.

The writer advances a idea of flavor in response to Milton’s version of the human as patron (and digester) of foodstuff, phrases, and different commodities—a purchaser whose tasteful, subliminal self continues to be haunted via its personal corporeality. appreciably rereading Wordsworth’s feeding brain, Lamb’s gastronomical essays, Byron’s cannibals and different deviant diners, and Kantian nausea, Taste resituates Romanticism as a interval that evidently observed the increase of the eating place and the pleasures of the desk as a cultural box for the perform of aesthetics.

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