This volume brings two major critical impulses within the field of Romanticism to bear upon an important and growing field of research: appetite and its related discourses of taste and consumption. As consumption, in all its metaphorical variety, comes to displace the body as a theoretical site for challenging the distinction between inside and outside, food itself has attracted attention as a device to interrogate the rhetoric and politics of Romanticism. In brief, the volume initiates a dialogue between the cultural politics of food and eating, and the philosophical implications of ingestion, digestion and excretion.
TIMOTHY MORTON is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the Author of Poetics of Spice: Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic, Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking, 1780-1830, and Shelley and the Revolution in Taste: The Body and the Natural World.