Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiii

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Introduction: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century

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pp. 1-13

In 1900, the Thomas Edison Company produced a silent gag film called The Gator and the Pickaninny, depicting a theatrical scene in which a black child is fishing on a water shore. An alligator crawls up behind him and eats the child...

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1. Kitchen Insurrections

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pp. 15-52

We begin at the hearth. Here, at the mouth of the fireplace, at the bottom of the chimney’s throat, lies the ground for what follows in chapters 2 through 5, a conversation about the literature and visual texts that flowed from nineteenth-century eating...

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2. “She Made the Table a Snare to Them”: Sylvester Graham’s Imperial Dietetics

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pp. 53-88

As one of the century’s best-known antimasturbation campaigners, Sylvester Graham has long been thought of, particularly in popular histories of food and medicine in the nineteenth century, as the apotheosis of nineteenth-century...

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3. “Everything ’Cept Eat Us”: The Mouth as Political Organ in the Antebellum Novel

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pp. 89-122

Toward the end of Suzan-Lori Parks’s play Venus, the embattled Saartjie Bartman, also known as the Venus Hottentot, is offered a box of chocolates by her lover and captor, the Baron Docteur. Parks’s 1997 play dramatizes the life of Bartman...

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4. A Wholesome Girl: Addiction, Grahamite Dietetics, and Louisa May Alcott’s Rose Campbell Novels

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pp. 123-144

The first line of Work, Louisa May Alcott’s 1873 novel, opens on a revolutionary note. Revolution was in the air: the end of the Civil War had brought enormous change, beginning with the emancipation of the slaves and the passage of the Fifteenth...

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5. “What’s De Use Talking ’Bout Dem ’Mendments?”: Trade Cards and Consumer Citizenship at the End of the Nineteenth Century

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pp. 145-181

The food reform movements that emerged during the antebellum period and that evolved to haunt the novels of post–Civil War writers such as Louisa May Alcott contained a remarkably prescient fear of the food culture that was to succeed them...

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Conclusion: Racial Indigestion

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pp. 183-187

As I finish this book, I have been writing and thinking about food for almost two decades. From my beginning as a food writer and journalist and then on through my graduate education, food, eating, and the life of ideas have maintained an intricate relation...

Notes

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pp. 189-239

Bibliography

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pp. 241-258

Index

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pp. 259-275

About the Author / Images

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