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Barkan, 1999. Social Research 66(1):225-252

Feasts for the Eyes, Foods for Thought
Leonard Barkan

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

Volume 66, No. 1 (Spring 1999): 225-252

ABSTRACT: This article talks about food in art and food as art. When viewed in the shadow of world hunger, the bio-chemistry of nutrition, and the eating habits that identify distinct immigrant populations, the conjunction of food and art runs the risk of seeming both vague and frivolous: vague because it might cover both food in art and food as art, and frivolous because each of these terms seems to bring out the trivial side of the other. The esthetics of food looks unimportant in comparison to the biological and social imperatives that surround the subject, while, within the realm of art, the edible can hardly count as constituting the loftiest of media. According to William K. Wimsatt, literary critic and...
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