Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945
Conference Saturday 8 March 2014 at Warwick, United Kingdom
This one day interdisciplinary conference will explore the place of food, drink and acts of consumption within the textual culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The years 1800-1945 are marked by food adulteration scandals, the growth of the temperance movement, and significant reforms in the regulation and legislation of food standards, as well as the influence of the colonies on British cuisine and a relationship with food and drink made increasingly complex by wartime paucity and rationing.
These changes are both precipitated and responded to in a vast array of textual forms, including periodicals, the press, recipe books, household management manuals, propaganda, literature and poetry. This conference will therefore engage with the intersections of food/drink cultures and the written word.
This conference is being organised by Mary Addyman, Laura Wood and Christopher Yiannitsaros (University of Warwick).