Introduction: Ways of Reading a Meal

  • Paul Vlitos


This introductory chapter outlines the focus of each of the author-specific chapters which will follow and explain what links the four novelists who provide the focus of this study, as well as the senses in which it is productive to consider them as postcolonial authors. It also explains and justifies the methodology of this book, discussing the writings on food and meaning of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Mary Douglas, Roland Barthes, and Catherine Gallagher, examining William Empson’s concept of ‘double irony’, offering a brief account of the development of postcolonial literary studies as a field, and providing close readings of Dickens’s Great Expectations, Joseph Conrad’s ‘Falk’, and H.G. Wells’s The History of Mr Polly.

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  • Paul Vlitos
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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