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Postcolonial and diaspora studies scholars and critics have paid increasing attention to the use of metaphors of food, eating, digestion, and various affiliated actions such as loss of appetite, indigestion, and regurgitation. As such stylistic devices proliferated in the works of non-Western women writers, scholars connected metaphors of eating and consumption to colonial and imperial domination. In Cannibal Writes , Njeri Githire concentrates on the gendered and sexualized dimensions of these visceral metaphors of consumption in works by women writers from Haiti, Jamaica, Mauritius, and elsewhere. Employing theoretical analysis and insightful readings of English- and French-language texts, she explores the prominence of alimentary-related tropes and their relationship to sexual consumption, writing, global geopolitics and economic dynamics, and migration. As she shows, the use of cannibalism in particular as a central motif opens up privileged modes for mediating historical and sociopolitical issues. Ambitiously comparative, Cannibal Writes ranges across the works of well-known and lesser known writers to tie together two geographic and cultural spaces that have much in common but are seldom studied in parallel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 1. Cannibal Love: Ideologies of Power, Gender, and the Erotics of Eating
  2. pp. 31-76
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  1. 2. Immigration, Assimilation, and Conflict: A Dialectics of Cannibalism and Anthropemy
  2. pp. 77-120
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  1. 3. Dis(h)coursing Hunger: In the Throes of Voracious Capitalist Excesses
  2. pp. 121-158
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  1. 4. Edible Écriture: Feuding Words, Fighting Foods
  2. pp. 159-198
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 217-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. About the Author. Production Notes
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252096747
Print ISBN
9780252038785
MARC Record
OCLC
898477113
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-31
Language
English
Open Access
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