Food in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Food And Love - Essay

Barbara Hardy (essay date 1963)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hardy, Barbara. “Food and Ceremony in Great Expectations.” In Essays in Criticism 13, no. 4 (October 1963): 351-63.

[In the following essay, Hardy examines the use of food ceremonies celebrating sociability, hospitality, and love in Great Expectations.]

We all know that food has a special place in the novels of Dickens. He loves feasts and scorns fasts. His celebration of the feast is not that of the glutton or the gourmet: eating and drinking are valued by him as proofs of sociability and gusto, but more important still, as ceremonies of love. The conversion of Scrooge is marked by his present of a goose to Bob Cratchit and his reunion at his...

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Alexander P. Obolensky (essay date 1972)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Obolensky, Alexander P. “Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka.” In Food-Notes on Gogol, pp. 11-31. Winnipeg: Trident Press, 1972.

[In the following essay, Obolensky discusses Gogol's descriptions of food and its association with love and affection in his collection of short stories Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka.]

Gogol's life and works are so much of a piece that it is almost impossible to separate them. This is particularly true in the case of his first successful literary venture, Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, a collection of stories based on the folklore of his native Ukraine. According to the title page the stories were “edited by Beekeeper...

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