Food in Literature Criticism: Food And Children's Literature - Essay

Wendy R. Katz (essay date Winter 1980)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Some Uses of Food in Children's Literature,” in Children's Literature in Education, Vol. 11, No. 4, Winter, 1980, pp. 192-99.

[In the following essay, Katz presents an overview of the theme of food and its uses in children's literature, focusing on such texts as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Hobbit.]

When Lewis Carroll's Dormouse begins his story about the three little sisters who lived at the bottom of a well, Alice breaks in almost immediately to ask “What did they live on?”1 Carroll's narrator, accounting for this curious interruption before the Dormouse's answer of “treacle,” tells us that Alice “always took a...

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Jean Perrot (essay date 1990)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Maurice Sendak's Ritual Cooking of the Child in Three Tableaux: The Moon, Mother, and Music,” in Children's Literature, Vol. 18, 1990, pp. 68-86.

[In the following essay, Perrot examines the rituals surrounding food and their significance in children's lives in the works of Maurice Sendak.]

To Music
Mother of Memory
and Feeder of Dreams.

—Edmond Rostand1


To enter the fantastic world of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen brings the sheer literary delight of discovering a peculiar inventive process at work: a child is...

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