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Hollander, 1999. Social Research 66(1):197-211

Writing of Food
John Hollander

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Food: Nature and Culture
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 66, No. 1 (Spring 1999): 197-211

ABSTRACT: This article focuses on the representation of food in art and literature. The archaeology of represented food might extend as far back as paleolithic cave-painting--of meat on the hoof, as it were--or to those early possible candidates, at the dawn of writing, for icons on boxes that may label the foodstuffs contained therein. A lot of food is depicted in Hellenistic and Roman still-life painting. Aside from actual food that is manifestly or latently construed as symbolic in rituals, Western tradition at least presents instance of what might be called transcendental food: ambrosia. This leads us to consider ceremonial and taboo foods, and their interrelations, sacred food that one must not eat/unclean...
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