Food-Fotografie von Gerichten aus der Literaturgeschichte

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Charles Roux fotografiert in seiner Bilderserie Fictious Feasts fiktive Speisen aus Klassikern der Literaturgeschichte. Dinah Frieds fotografierte vor vier Jahren exakt das gleiche und nannte das ganze Fictious Dishes und machte dann auch ein Buch daraus. Go figure. Bild oben: in Milch schwimmendes Brot aus Kafkas Die Verwandlung.

Weaving the link between literature, food and photography, Fictitious Feasts is based upon food scenes in fiction texts. Eating is an essential activity, and connects both a sense of survival and social functions. Literature is frequently embedded in the imagery of food, and in many cases, characters are busy with the preparation or the consumption of a meal. The motif of food is particularly interesting in so far as it deeply reveals everyday life and its rituals, or it is a landmark in in the storytelling.

Giving life to the story, food can also define a character or convey another theme: it relates the characters to some social or cultural identity. It could be said that writing reveals a great deal of human behaviours when intertwined with the literary treatment of food, for food not only nourishes but it is also a pretext to dramatic events or metaphors. Both food and words are essential to the human race and the way they are closely interwoven in literature is relevant of a certain human dimension. Meals fulfil physical needs as well as they provide psycho-emotional nourishment. The powerfulness of orality engages all the senses.

Astrid Lindgrens Pippi Langstrumpf


Herman Melvilles Moby Dick

From 'Fictitious Feasts', work about food scenes in literature. Here in the Spouter-inn, the chapter dedicated to the clam chowder, from the American novel "Moby Dick, or the Whale" by Herman Melville

Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland

From 'Fictitious Feasts', work about food scenes in literature. Here the mad tea marty with the Hatter and the Hare, from the English novels "Alice's adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" by Lewis Carroll.

Miguel de Cervantes’ The ingenious Don Quijote of la Mancha

From 'Fictitious Feasts', work about food scenes in literature. Here a lentils dish with manuscripts in an inn , from the Spanish novel "The ingenious Hidalgo Don Quijote of la Mancha" (El ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha) by Miguel de Cervantes

Johanna Spyris Heidi

From 'Fictitious Feasts', work about food scenes in literature. Here a scene between Heidi and her grandfather, tasting local goat cheese and fresh milk , from the Swiss novel "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri.

David Jerome Salingers The Catcher in the Rye

From 'Fictitious Feasts', work about food scenes in literature. Here in one of the numerous occurences of sandwiches and malted milk in solitude scenes, from the American novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by David Jerome Salinger

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