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Spilling the Beans: Eating, Cooking, Reading and Writing in British Women's Fiction, 1770-1830

Sarah Moss


The study of food in literature complicates established critical positions. Both a libidinal pleasure and the ultimate commodity, food in fiction can represent sex as well as money, and brings the body and the marketplace together in ways that are sometimes obvious and sometimes unsettling. This book explores these relations in the context of late eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century women's fiction, where concerns about bodily, economic and intellectual productivity and consumption power decades of novels, conduct books and popular medicine. The introduction suggests ways in which attenti ... More

Keywords: women's fiction, productivity, consumption, conduct books, food, Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, Susan Ferrier, eating

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076510
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Moss, author