‘I’ll Gobble You Up’: Gender and Consumption in T. S. Eliot’s poetry

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Abstract

Part of TMR's special issue on food - 'A (Movable) Feast of Modernism'.

Growing consumerism in the twentieth century certainly influences imagery of food and eating in Eliot’s poetry but this consumption is necessarily intertwined with images of sexual and gendered violence. Women are consumers but are also objects to be consumed. In other words, the desire to ‘gobble […] up’ food, media, and sex is encouraged by a growing consumerist culture but, in Eliot’s poetry, represents a double-edged sword for the women who must both eat and be eaten.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Modernist Review
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2020