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General literature studies

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Presented at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2021: Food and Imagination. Oxford, 9-11 July 2021. Oxford, UK.

Published in Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium 2021 "Food and Imagination" - editor Mark McWilliams, Prospect Books, 2022.


Short fiction is a format heartily embraced by the Irish literary imagination since the nineteenth century. This paper takes a gastrocritical approach to investigate the role of food in selected stories from the recently published anthology The Art of the Glimpse (2020). It shows that through the years, food and foodways have been valuable tools for Irish writers, providing setting and context, themes and symbols, plot points, conflicts, characterisation, as well as the quintessential epiphanies.