Food, film and culture: a genre study

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McFarland & Co., Sep 18, 2006 - Cooking - 209 pages
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Culinary imagery, much like sexual and violent imagery, is a key cinematic device used to elicit a sensory response from an audience. In many films, culinary imagery is central enough to constitute a new subgenre, defined by films in which food production, preparation, service, and consumption play a major part in the development of character, structure, or theme. This book defines the food film genre and analyzes the relationship between cinematic food imagery and various cultural constructs, including politics, family, identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and religion. Chapters examine these themes in several well-known food films, such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Chocolat, Babette's Feast, and Eat Drink Man Woman, and lesser-known productions, including Felicia's Journey, Kitchen Stories, Magic Kitchen, and Chinese Feast. The work includes a filmography of movies within the food genre.

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Contents

The Cinematic Hunger Artists
1
The Allegory of Intemperance Spenser and Greenaways The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover
13
Itzam Revealed Chocolat and the Mayan Cosmology
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James R. Keller is a professor of English and chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy at Mississippi University for Women. He is the author of The New Queer Aesthetic on Television (2006), Almost Shakespeare (2004), Queer (Un)Friendly Film and Television (2002) and Anne Rice and Sexual Politics (2000). He lives in Columbus, Mississippi.

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