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Food in the Novels of Thomas Hardy

Production and Consumption

Authors: Salmons, Kim

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  • Represents the only book to focus solely on food in the novels of Thomas Hardy
  • Contributes to the emergent and increasingly important critical field of Food Studies
  • Provides a new perspective on the cultural and historical context of Hardy's novels
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This book examines the role of food in the life and works of Thomas Hardy, analysing the social, political and historical context of references to meals, eating and food production during the nineteenth century. It demonstrates how Hardy’s personal relationship to the ‘rustic’ food of his childhood provides the impetus for his fiction, and provides a historical breakdown of the key factors which influenced food regulation and production from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the fin de siècle. This study explores how a sub-textual narrative of food references in The Trumpet-Major and Under the Greenwood Tree captures the instability of the pre-industrial era, and how food and eating act as a means of delineating and exploring ‘character’ and ‘environment’ in The Mayor of Casterbridge. As well as this, it considers rural femininity and the myth of the feminine pastoral in Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and charts the anxieties brought about by the shift in population from a rural to a predominantly urban one and its impact on food production in Jude the Obscure.

About the authors

Kim Salmons is Lecturer at St Mary’s University, UK. Her publications include Food in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Eating as Narrative (Palgrave, 2017). She has presented widely on the subject of food in modern literature and was previously Assistant Commissioning Editor on the Arts desk of the Observer newspaper.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Food in the Novels of Thomas Hardy
Book Subtitle
Production and Consumption
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63471-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63471-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63470-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87566-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 133
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