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Published: 29 February 2020

240 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620672

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Eating, Drinking and Re-thinking with Case Studies from Post-war French Fiction

Ruth Cruickshank

Liverpool University Press

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP

  • Leftovers is the first book to reveal the overlooked interpretative potential of representations of eating and drinking and their intrinsic ambivalence
  • Creates a new theoretical approach to reveal how representations of food, drink and their consumption proliferate with overlooked figurative, psychological, ideological and historical interpretative potential
  • Four case-study chapters offer exciting new readings of major post-war French novels: Alain Robbe-Grillet's Les Gommes (1953); Annie Ernaux's Les Armoires vides (1974); Marie Darrieussecq's Truismes (1996); and Michel Houellebecq's La Carte et le territoire (2010)
  • Makes an innovative contribution to understandings of modern and contemporary French thought, literature and culture
  • Demonstrates the potential of re-thinking eating and drinking with leftovers for students and scholars of literary, comparative, film, cultural, gender and food studies