“Spilling the Beans: Eating and Authorship in Burney’s Early Journals”

Moss, Sarah K. (2006) “Spilling the Beans: Eating and Authorship in Burney’s Early Journals”. Women's Writing, 13 (3). pp. 416-431. ISSN 0969-9082. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This essay argues that the descriptions of food and eating in Frances Burney's early journals relate explicitly to debates about women as literal and metaphorical consumers and producers in the late eighteenth century, showing how Burney relates the consumption of food to the production of text. The author is concerned not with what Burney ate or did not eat, but with how she presents eating and abstinence as an integral part of her professional and social identities. The author interprets eating, and particularly describing oneself eating, as an intrinsically performative act, and explores some of the ways in which this theme complicates readings of Burney's early celebrity.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Online ISSN: 1747-5848
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: J.P.W. Joseph
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 06:18
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 13:08
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/6832 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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