Bite Me Food in Popular Culture

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Food is not only something we eat, it is something we use to define ourselves. Ingestion and incorporation are central to our connection with the world outside our bodies. Food's powerful social, economic, political and symbolic roles cannot be ignored-what we eat is a marker of power, cultural capital, class, ethnic and racial identity. Bite Me considers the ways in which popular culture reveals our relationship with food and our own bodies and how these have become an arena for political and ideological battles. Drawing on an extraordinary range of material-films, books, comics, songs, music videos, websites, slang, performances, advertising and mass-produced objects- Bite Me invites the reader to take a fresh look at today's products and practices to see how much food shapes our lives, perceptions and identities.

Author Biography

Fabio Parasecoli is President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and teaches on food history, culture and the arts at the Città del Gusto School in Rome and at New York University. He is also a journalist for the food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso and author of Food Culture in Italy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Pop Culture Drama: Food and Body Politicsp. 1
Hungry Memories: Food, the Brain, and the Consuming Selfp. 15
Of Breasts and Beasts: Vampires and Other Voracious Monstersp. 37
Tasty Utopias: Food and Politics in Science Fiction Novelsp. 61
Quilting the Empty Body: Food and Dietingp. 85
Jam, Juice, and Strange Fruits: Edible Black Bodiesp. 103
Tourism and Taste: Exploring Identitiesp. 127
Afterword: A Plea for Pleasurep. 147
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 165
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