The poetics of repast in literature and cinema: from victorian age to modernism

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2015, Vol. 1. №2(2)

The poetics of repast in literature and cinema: from victorian age to modernism

About the authors:

Natalya V. Gorbunova, Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Associate Professor, Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, University of Tyumen;; ORCID: 0000-0002-8583-1385

Lyudmila I. Lipskaya,
Associate Professor, Foreign Literature Department, Institute for Philology and Journalism, Tyumen State University, Cand. Philol. Sci.

Olga M. Ushakova, Dr. Sci. (Phylol.), Professor, Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, University of Tyumen;; ORCID: 0000-0002-0656-3774


This article deals with the poetics of repast and a system of food codes in the texts of English (Irish) Victorian and Modernist writers. The material under analysis includes George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, James Joyce’s Ulysses and film adaptations of these novels. The research aim is to study the function of everyday elements in the structure of classical and nonclassical discourses. Both in Victorian and modernist texts food is an object for mythologising, but Victorian and Modernist writers employ different aesthetic approaches and types of narration. The problems considered in the research are everyday life in literature and cinema, the system of cultural codes, meal and a Victorian myth of happy family life, eating habits as one of the cultural codes of the time, “kitchen” metaphors, eating and drinking as philosophical concepts, food as a ritual, sacred aspects of eating and cooking, visualization of everyday life, food allusions, the code of everyday life as a means of hero characteristics, etc.


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