Food in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Vegetarians, Carnivores, And Cannibals - Essay

Carol J. Adams (essay date 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Adams, Carol J. “Frankenstein's Vegetarian Monster.” In The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, pp. 108-119. New York: Continuum, 1993.

[In the following essay, Adams examines Mary Shelley's participation in the Romantic vegetarian movement and the irony that her fictional monster, assembled from parts obtained from the graveyard and the slaughterhouse, was himself a vegetarian.]

Is it so heinous an offence against society, to respect in other animals that principal of life which they have received, no less than man himself, at the hand of Nature? O, mother of every living thing! O, thou eternal fountain of...

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Ronald D. LeBlanc (essay date 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: LeBlanc, Ronald D. “An Appetite for Power: Predators, Carnivores, and Cannibals in Dostoevsky's Fiction.” In Food in Russian History and Culture, edited by Musya Glants and Joyce Toomre, pp. 124-45. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, LeBlanc explores Dostoevsky's use of food and eating in his fiction, and suggests that the author uses such imagery as a metaphor for humans' efforts to dominate, or “devour” each other.]

We are what we all abhor, Anthropophagi and Cannibals, devourers not only of men, but of ourselves.

—Thomas Browne, Religio Medici...

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