Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

Accessing Subjects, Accessing Subjectivity

The twofold vision of food  as materially conspicuous display of status and symbolic residue of experience are nicely articulated in Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. As Mr. Hardcastle prepares his table for the arrival of Marlow and his companion, Hastings, the importance of food as status marker is apparent: Hardcastle: You, Diggory, whom I … Continue reading