Programme: Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945

Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945

Saturday 8th March 2014

Registration is now open for ‘Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945’, a one day multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Warwick on Saturday 8th March. The conference brings together researchers with an interest in the culinary cultures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to share perspectives on food, drink, consumption and literature.

The programme can be downloaded as a pdf here. Registration is £20 full, £15 for students and £10 for Warwick staff and students. Directions, registration instructions and other information can be found here.

The conference is organised by Mary Addyman, Laura Wood and Chris Yiannitsaros. You can contact the team at


Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK

09.30 – 10.00am: Registration, Tea and Coffee (Ground Floor Corridor)


10.00 – 10.15am: Welcome and Introduction (H052)

Mary Addyman, Laura Wood and Christopher Yiannitsaros (English, University of

Warwick) ___________________________________________________________

10.15 – 11.15am: Keynote Address I (H052)

Dr. Margaret Beetham (English, University of Salford): ‘Meeting Mrs. Beeton: The

Personal is Political in the Recipe Book.’

Chair: Dr. Tara Puri (English, University of Warwick)


11.15 – 11.30am: Tea and Coffee Break (Ground Floor Corridor)


11.30am – 12.50pm Session 1

Panel 1A – Regional, National and Culinary Identities (H058)

Venetia Congdon (Social Anthropology, University of Oxford), ‘La Cuynera Catalana:

Constructions of Catalan Nationhood Through Cookbooks, 1835 – 1939′

Joanne Ella Parsons (English, Bath Spa University), ‘Surtees’ “Great Guzzling”

Gourmand: Eating, Hunting, and Making Merry in Handley Cross and Jorrocks’ Jaunts and


Dr. Sam Goodman (English, Bournemouth University), ‘”Oh for the want of vegetable

food!”: Experiences of Hunger and Privation in Indian Mutiny Diaries’

Chair: Dr. Ross Forman (English, University of Warwick)

Panel 1B – Aspirational Consumption (H060)

Lesley Steinitz (History, University of Cambridge), ‘The Tales They Told: The Creation

of the Healthy Ideal Through Branded Food Advertising, 1890-1918’

Graham Harding (English, University of Cambridge), ‘“A change comes over the spirit

of your vision”: Champagne in England, 1860-1944’

Dr. Corinna Peniston-Bird (History, University of Lancaster), ‘“Yes, We had no

Bananas”: Sharing Memories of the Second World War’

Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Collingham (History, University of Warwick)


12.50 – 1.00pm: Presentation by AVM Curiosities (H052)


1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch (Ground Floor Corridor)


2.00 – 3.20pm: Session 2

Panel 2A – Interrogating Excess (H058)

Abigail Dennis (English, University of Toronto), ‘Reading About Good Dinners: The

Ambivalent Gourmand in Thackeray’s Gustative Writing’

Dr. Jonathan Buckmaster (English, Royal Holloway, University of London), ”’I’ll be

content to eat my own head, Sir!”: Grimwig, Grimaldi and Excessive Consumption in the

Dickens Pantomime’

Dr. Charlotte Boyce (English, University of Portsmouth), ‘Onions and Honey, Roast

Spiders and Chutney: Unusual Appetites and Idiosyncratic Eating Habits in Edward Lear’s

Nonsense Verse’

Chair: Nicholas Collins (English, University of Warwick)

Panel 2B – (Un)Satisfied Appetites (H060)

Dr. Angelica Michelis (English, Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘Feeding the

Vampire: The Ravenous Hunger of the fin de siècle’

Dr. Lesa Scholl (English, University of Queensland), ‘The Rhetoric of Taste: Reform,

Hunger and Consumption in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton’

Dr. Paul Vlitos (English, University of Surrey), ‘Supplying the Mob with the Food it

Likes’: Taste, Appetite and the Literary Marketplace in George Gissing’s New Grub Street

and Will Warburton’

Chair: Dr. Emma Francis (English, University of Warwick)


3.20 – 3.35pm: Tea and Coffee Break (Ground Floor Corridor)


3.35 – 4.35pm: Session 3

Panel 3A – Digesting Social Reform (H058)

Dr. Annemarie McAllister (History, University of Central Lancashire), ‘Temperance

Tropes: Sensation, Sentiment and Narrative Legacies’

Dr. Lucinda Matthews-Jones (History, Liverpool John Moores University), ‘Eating

and Dining at Toynbee Hall, 1885-1914’

Chair: Jane Hand (Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick)

Panel 3B – Disrupting Domestic Femininities (H060)

Dr. Emanuela Ettorre (English, University of Chieti-Pescara), ‘Rewriting Women:

Thomas Hardy, Food and the Menace of the Impure’

Janine Catalano (Independent Food and Art Historian), ‘An Unrefined Palette: Food,

Class and Gender in the Work of Leonora Carrington’

Chair: Kim Salmons (English, St. Mary’s University)


4.35 – 4.50 Comfort break


4.50 – 5.50 Keynote Address II (H052)

Professor Nicola Humble (English, Roehampton University): Title TBA

Chair: Christopher Yiannitsaros (English, University of Warwick)


5.50 – 6.00pm: Closing Remarks (H052)


6.00 – 6.40pm Drinks Reception (Graduate Space, 4th Floor)


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