Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales

1st Edition

Alexander L. Kaufman, Penny Vlagopoulos

Published March 5, 2019
Reference - 198 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367183899 - CAT# K416515
Series: Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture

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This collection of scholarly essays presents new work from an emerging line of inquiry: modern outlaw narratives and the textual and cultural relevance of food and feasting. Food, its preparation and its consumption, is presented in outlaw narratives as central points of human interaction, community, conflict, and fellowship. Feast scenes perform a wide variety of functions, serving as cultural repositories of manners and behaviors, catalysts for adventure, or moments of regrouping and redirecting narratives. The book argues that modern outlaw narratives illuminate a potent cross-cultural need for freedom, solidarity, and justice, and it examines ways in which food and feasting are often used to legitimate difference, create discord, and manipulate power dynamics.

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