Aesthetics and the senses / Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

The Style of Clarissa and the Ignorance of Lovelace

“Why, Sir, if you were to read Richardson for the story, your impatience would be so much fretted that you would hang yourself. But you must read him for the sentiment, and consider the story as only giving occasion to the sentiment.” — Dr. Johnson Honestly, I was incredibly relieved when I read the quotation … Continue reading


Revelation in the Body: Eating, Ethics, and Revising the Platonic soul in the Eighteenth-Century Feminine

Deane Curtin effectively summarizes the dominant contention with regard to edibles when he writes: Substances have relations to food as objectified; food is understood as ‘other’… because of the dual nature of substances as mind and body, food is understood merely as fuel that recharges the body while leaving the mind untouched. Substances have relations … Continue reading