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Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature$
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Tomoko Aoyama

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832858

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832858.001.0001

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Food and Gender in Contemporary Women’s Literature

Food and Gender in Contemporary Women’s Literature

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(p.172) Chapter Six Food and Gender in Contemporary Women’s Literature
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Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature
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Tomoko Aoyama

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832858.003.0007

This chapter deals specifically with food and eating in contemporary women's texts. Some of these texts celebrate the inclusiveness of eating (and of writing) while others deal with the fear of eating. This fear or disgust can be seen as a warning against what the complacent “gourmet boom” of the 1980s and 1990s concealed: the dangers of the market economy, environmental destruction, and continuing gender biases. Intertextual criticism frequently appears in these texts: just as eating can distort or destroy the body, the discourse on food in the canonical literature and media can be manipulative and unreliable. Bulimia and anorexia not only appear as the afflictions of some of the female protagonists but also symbolically indicate their craving for, or rejection of, knowledge and information as food.

Keywords:   food, gender, eating, Japanese literature, bulimia, anorexia

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