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Eating and Being Eaten in Victorian Children's Fiction - Anna Gasperini

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Talk - Eerie Food: Eating and Being Eaten in Victorian Children's Literature

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Come join us for this week's talk on Eerie Food with Dr Anna Gasperini. All Romancing the Gothic talks are free to access but we ask people to support the project if they can (suggested donation £2-10) or support the project here - https://ko-fi.com/samhirst

This 2-hour talk concentrates on the horrific/Gothic aspects of food in Victorian children's literature. Food and eating in children's literature are powerfully charged with a variety of meanings, often in juxtaposition to each other; therefore, food may be the source of delight and disgust, of glee and terror, of satisfaction and horror. This contradictory element is particularly emphasised when the eater becomes food; the interchangeability of these two roles in children's literature being the horrific catalyst of action in many children's narratives.

In my talk, after providing participants with an overview of Victorian children's literature and the theme of eerie food in children's literature more in general, I shall explore the themes of gluttony, bad table manners, cannibalism, abjection and punishment in Victorian children's literature. In particular, I shall focus on three authors - Catherine Sinclair, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Christina Rossetti - whose work provides excellent ground for analysis of these subjects.

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