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The bill of fare

Sarah Moss

in Spilling the Beans

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719076510
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702710 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076510.003.0004
The bill of fare

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This chapter discusses Maria Edgeworth's writing for children, looking at the centrality of food in the cultural and social constitution of the child. It notes that Edgeworth's children's fiction is seen to inspire the precepts of Malthus and Smith, as well as her suspicions and ambivalence towards the breast and the rest of the maternal body. The chapter also identifies some reasons why food can be particularly important in writing for children.

Keywords: children's fiction; food; maternal body; Malthus and Smith; social constitution; cultural constitution

Chapter.  16472 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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