Hunger Overcome?: Food and Resistance in Twentieth-Century African American Literature

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Food--who has it and who needs it--as a metaphor for race relations in America. Ever since slaves in America labored to produce food surfeit while enduring personal food shortage, says Andrew Warnes, African American writers have consistently drawn connections between hunger and illiteracy, and by extension between food and reading. This book investigates the juxtaposition of malnutrition and spectacular food abundance as a key trope of African American writing. Focusing on works by Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Toni Morrison, Warnes considers how black characters respond with a wide variety of countermaneuvers to whites' attempts at regulating access to nourishment, whether physical or intellectual. What makes this trope so powerful, Warnes argues, is that it implicitly politicizes hunger, revealing it to be an avoidable, imposed condition. When Hurston inverts reality through scenes of feasting and plenty in her utopian, all-black community of Eatonville, when Wright refuses an offer of stale bread and spoiled molasses from his white employer, when Morrison depicts the pilfering and foraging strategies of her characters, we witness the implications of a kind of hunger that could be abolished were it not useful as a means of enforcing acquiescence, dependency, and docility. Throughout Hunger Overcome? Warnes relates his readings to the wider culture by drawing on such diverse sources as the slave autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Ntozake Shange's cookbook If I Can Cook / You Know God Can, Horace Cayton and St. Clair Drake's sociological study Black Metropolis, and Stanley Kramer's film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Hunger Overcome? concludes with alook at how this remarkable body of writing could help to reignite in us the will to abolish Third World hunger. A provocative contribution to the emerging field of food studies, Hunger Overcome? also has much to say of interest to more established disciplines, from literary
Autor: Andrew Warnes
Andrew Warnes is Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at Leeds University. He is the author of "Hunger Overcome?," "Savage Barbecue," (both Georgia), and "Richard Wright's Native Son."

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Autor: Andrew Warnes
ISBN-13 :: 9780820325293
ISBN: 0820325295
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.02.2004
Gewicht: 485g
Seiten: 232
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 235x151x23 mm
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