Fictions of Appetite: Alimentary Discourses in Italian Modernist Literature (Italian Modernities #17) (Paperback)

Fictions of Appetite: Alimentary Discourses in Italian Modernist Literature (Italian Modernities #17) By Pierpaolo Antonello (Editor), Robert S. C. Gordon (Editor), Enrico Cesaretti Cover Image
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This is book number 17 in the Italian Modernities series.


Fictions of Appetite explores and investigates the aesthetic significance of images of food, appetite and consumption in a body of modernist literature published in Italian between 1905 and 1939. The corpus examined includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and plays by F.T. Marinetti, Aldo Palazzeschi, Massimo Bontempelli, Paola Masino and Luigi Pirandello. The book underlines the literary relevance and symbolic implications of the culinary sign, suggesting a link between the crisis of language and subjectivity usually associated with modernism and figures of consumption and corporeal self-obliteration in alimentary discourse. In revisiting these works under label of modernism, which has traditionally been shunned in the Italian critical field, the volume brings critical discourse on early twentieth-century Italian literature closely into line with that of other Western literatures. The author argues that an alimentary perspective not only sheds striking new light on each of the texts examined, but also illustrates the signifying power of the culinary sign, its relations to the aesthetic sphere and its prominent role in the construction of a modernist sensibility.

About the Author

Enrico Cesaretti is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Castelli di carta: retorica della dimora tra Scapigliatura e Surrealismo (2001) and has published articles on nineteenth-and twentieth-century Italian literature. His other research interests include travel theory and environmental humanities.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783034309714
ISBN-10: 3034309716
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: August 15th, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Italian Modernities