The Poetics of Spice: Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 - 300 pages
Timothy Morton explores the significance of spice, and the spice trade, in Romantic literature, shedding new light on the impact of a growing consumer culture and capitalist ideology on writers of the period. The Poetics of Spice includes discussion of a wide range of related topics--exoticism, orientalism, colonialism, the slave trade, race and gender issues, and, above all, capitalism. The book surveys literary, political, medical, travel, trade and philosophical texts, and includes new readings of Milton, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, Charlotte Smith and Southey among many others.
 

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Contents

The confection of spice historical and theoretical considerations
8
Trade winds
39
Place settings
109
Blood sugar
171
Sound and scents further investigations of space
207
Notes
236
Bibliography
252
Index
273
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About the author (2006)

Timothy Morton is Professor of English at Rice University, Houston.

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