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By Lisa Angelella

Modernism usually reveled within the lack of regulate, the permeation of non-public
boundaries, the creation of ambiguity, that evocation of the senses brings approximately. It
strove to loosen the buildings and different types tradition inscribes. during this dissertation, I argue
that nutrients scenes represent the crux of many pivotal moments in Modernist fiction and
express a philosophy of the human topic. Modernists argue that, in consuming, an individual
takes the surface international into him or herself. The senses that precede, imbue and stick to
eating threaten and go beyond the integrity of the topic. I argue that by means of foregrounding
such moments, Modernists posited a phenomenological view of subjectivity, one that
can top be illuminated by way of the paintings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Guided via his conception of
intersubjectivity, I discover the phenomenological presentation of specific sensual
encounters with nutrition within the paintings of Enrest Hemingway, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia
Woolf, James Joyce and Willa Cather. I express how characters, of their encounters with
sensual otherness, consider themselves conquer in poignant moments of ecstasy, disgust, or
revelation of self-constitution during the alimentary. I additionally argue that Modernist fiction
does not just demonstrate Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, but in addition nuances his undying and
placeless presentation of the stumble upon among a common topic and any item, by means of
considering the sensual consuming event inside of a number of ancient foodstuff stipulations, such
as the explosion of the canned nutrients and the sluggish dissolution of the formal
meal, and from quite a few topic positions, in accordance with gender, ethnicity or relative political
empowerment. In enticing phenomenology, my undertaking deviates from the lengthy culture
in scholarship of contemplating symbolic and structural meanings to the occlusion of feel.
In every one consuming scene I discover I reflect on how gustatory, haptic, and fragrant properties
of foodstuff objects—such as liquidness, sweetness, bloodiness and lightness—intervene in
more cerebral human family members. basic to the attention-grabbing Modernist depictions of
food and consuming, is the concept that the senses have an indisputable effect on human affairs in
their personal correct.

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Unable to perceive the colors or odors of the food, and unable to taste it, customers often responded to canned food with suspicion (Strasser 35). Historian Mark Wilde suggests industrial food producers waged a war against the organic: Variations exist in all living things, including food. The basement vintner, the weekend baker, and the backyard gardener will all testify to that. For some people such variation can be a source of wonder, a subtle reminder of nature’s complexity. On a more basic level, the diversity of foods and flavors can be among life’s richest pleasures.

I will show how Hemingway’s story actively reappropriates this foodstuff evoking war and industry to 34 grant his modern eater an interrelational subjectivity with nature that is constituted through the sensations of eating. I will end by considering Hemingway’s presentation of the trout fishing itself, in Part II of the story, as a final corrective to the canned food industry. Hungry Soldiers Hemingway depicts a modern subject position that is delimited, alienated, and oriented towards dominating, by associating the cans not only with the aggression of the food industry but also with war.

In the latter three chapters, I turn to writers who rather ground the phenomenological experience in place and social group. I show how writers considered different subjective positionings—those of woman, 21 colonizers, and immigrants—to create different proclivities for ecstasy or disgust in the encounter with eating or food. My first chapter, “Bringing Canned Food Back to Nature: Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Big Two-Hearted River,’” considers this early short story by Hemingway which centers on a camping meal.

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