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Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature
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Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature

Tomoko Aoyama

Abstract

Literature, like food, is, in Terry Eagleton's words, “endlessly interpretable,” and food, like literature, “looks like an object but is actually a relationship.” So how much do we, and should we, read into the way food is represented in literature? This book explores this and other questions in a tour of twentieth-century Japanese literature. The book analyzes a wide range of diverse writings that focus on food, eating, and cooking and considers how factors such as industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, and gender construction have affected people's relationships with food, nature, and ... More

Keywords: Japanese literature, industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, gender, food, eating, cooking, cannibalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832858
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832858.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tomoko Aoyama, author
University of Queensland