Eating Their Words: Cannibalism and the Boundaries of Cultural Identity

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Kristen Guest
SUNY Press, Sep 6, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
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Examines the figure of the cannibal as it relates to cultural identity in a wide range of literary and cultural texts.

Linking cannibalism to issues of difference crucial to contemporary literary criticism and theory, the essays included here cover material from a variety of contexts and historical periods and approach their subjects from a range of critical perspectives. Along with such canonical works as The Odyssey, The Faerie Queene, and Robinson Crusoe, the contributors also discuss lesser known works, including a version of the Victorian melodrama Sweeny Todd, as well as contemporary postcolonial and postmodern novels by Margaret Atwood and Ian Wedde. Taken together, these essays re-theorize the relationship between cannibalism and cultural identity, making cannibalism meaningful within new critical and cultural horizons.

Contributors include Mark Buchan, Santiago Colas, Marlene Goldman, Brian Greenspan, Kristen Guest, Minaz Jooma, Robert Viking O’Brien, Geoffrey Sanborn, and Julia M. Wright.

Kristen Guest is Lecturer at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

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Kristen Guest is Lecturer at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

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