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Taste: A Literary History

Denise Gigante

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ISBN 10: 0300172249 / ISBN 13: 9780300172249
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Paperback. 264 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.9in. x 0.8in.What does eating have to do with aesthetic taste While most accounts of aesthetic history avoid the gustatory aspects of taste, this book rewrites standard history to uncover the constitutive and dramatic tension between appetite and aesthetics at the heart of British literary tradition. From Milton through the Romantics, the metaphor of taste serves to mediate aesthetic judgment and consumerism, gusto and snobbery, gastronomes and gluttons, vampires and vegetarians, as well as the philosophy and physiology of food. The author advances a theory of taste based on Miltons model of the human as consumer (and digester) of food, words, and other commoditiesa consumer whose tasteful, subliminal self remains haunted by its own corporeality. Radically rereading Wordsworths feeding mind, Lambs gastronomical essays, Byrons cannibals and other deviant diners, and Kantian nausea, Taste resituates Romanticism as a period that naturally saw the rise of the restaurant and the pleasures of the table as a cultural field for the practice of aesthetics. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780300172249

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What does eating have to do with aesthetic taste? While most accounts of aesthetic history avoid the gustatory aspects of taste, this book rewrites standard history to uncover the constitutive and dramatic tension between appetite and aesthetics at the heart of British literary tradition. From Milton through the Romantics, the metaphor of taste serves to mediate aesthetic judgment and consumerism, gusto and snobbery, gastronomes and gluttons, vampires and vegetarians, as well as the philosophy and physiology of food.

The author advances a theory of taste based on Milton?s model of the human as consumer (and digester) of food, words, and other commodities—a consumer whose tasteful, subliminal self remains haunted by its own corporeality. Radically rereading Wordsworth?s feeding mind, Lamb?s gastronomical essays, Byron?s cannibals and other deviant diners, and Kantian nausea, Taste resituates Romanticism as a period that naturally saw the rise of the restaurant and the pleasures of the table as a cultural field for the practice of aesthetics.

Book Description: This book rewrites the standard history of aesthetics. Focusing on the dramatic tension between appetite and aesthetics in British literature, Taste resituates Romanticism as a period that naturally saw the rise of the restaurant and gastronomy as a cultural field for the practice of aesthetics.

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