“To Eat Is a Compromise”: Theory, Identity, and Dietary Politics after Kafka

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christian Moraru, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: "La faim, c'est moi"- hunger is me- confesses Amélie Nothomb's heroine in Biographie de la faim (The Biography of Hunger) (22). A strange statement, of course, but no stranger than the Flaubertian dictum it evokes. So what exactly does Nothomb acknowledge here? More to the point: what does it mean to suspect that one's identity gels around hunger (20), that, more generally, being is insatiable, grounded by a fundamental and ever-replenished "insufficiency" (satus is Latin for "enough," as the reader will recall)?

Additional Information

symploke 19.1-2 (2011): 11-16
Language: English
Date: 2011
Literary Theory, Identity, Post Modernism

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