Racial Indigestion (Paperback)
Eating Bodies in the 19th Century (America and the Long 19th Century)
New York University Press, 9780814770030, 275pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 2012
Combing through a visually stunning and rare archive of children's literature, architectural history, domestic manuals, dietetic tracts, novels and advertising, Racial Indigestion tells the story of the consolidation of nationalist mythologies of whiteness via the erotic politics of consumption. Less a history of commodities than a history of eating itself, the book seeks to understand how eating became a political act, linked to appetite, vice, virtue, race and class inequality and, finally, the queer pleasures and pitfalls of a burgeoning commodity culture. In so doing, Racial Indigestion sheds light on contemporary "foodie" culture's vexed relationship to nativism, nationalism and race privilege.For more, visit the author's tumblr page: http: //racialindigestion.tumblr.com.