• Paul Vlitos


In my conclusion I examine the role of food—in particular in relation to the politics of vegetarianism—in M.K. Gandhi’s My Autobiography or the Story of My Experiments with Truth, read in juxtaposition with non-fictional and fictional writings by V.S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie and the criticism of Parama Roy, Colin Spencer, and Leela Gandhi. Also discussed is the politics of the hunger strike, both in Gandhi’s writings and in Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. The chapter concludes with an overview of the ways in which greater attention to food and eating in the novels of the four authors on which this book has focused offers new ways not only of reading their works but of thinking about identity, empire, and its legacies.

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  • Paul Vlitos
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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