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Taste: A Literary History

Denise Gigante


What does eating have to do with aesthetic taste? While most accounts of aesthetic history avoid the gustatory aspects of taste, this book rewrites standard history to uncover the constitutive and dramatic tension between appetite and aesthetics at the heart of the British literary tradition. From Milton through the Romantics, the metaphor of taste serves to mediate aesthetic judgment and consumerism, gusto and snobbery, gastronomers and gluttons, vampires, and vegetarians, as well as the philosophy and physiology of food. The book advances a theory of taste based on Milton's model of the huma ... More

Keywords: eating, aesthetic taste, appetite, consumerism, gastronomers, philosophy of food, physiology of food, Milton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106527
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denise Gigante, author