Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales

1st Edition

Alexander L. Kaufman, Penny Vlagopoulos

March 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 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 in 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 a cultural repository of manners and behaviors, a catalyst for the adventure, or a moment of regrouping and redirecting the narrative. The book argues that modern outlaw narratives illuminate that which bonds all humans, and it examines ways in which food and feasting are often used to note difference, create discord, and manipulate power dynamics.

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