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Default 2006 book: "Voracious Children: Who Eats Whom in Children'sLiterature"

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Voracious Children explores food and the way it is used to seduce, to
pleasure, and coerce not only the characters within children's
literature but also its readers. There are a number of gripping
questions concerning the quantity and quality of the food featured in
children's fiction that immediately arise: why are feasting fantasies
so prevalent, especially in the British classics? What exactly is
their appeal to historical and contemporary readers? What do literary
food events do to readers? Is food the sex of children's literature?
The subject of children eating is compelling but, why is it that
stories about children being eaten are not only horrifying but also so
incredibly alluring? This book reveals that food in fiction does far,
far more that just create verisimilitude or merely address greedy
readers' desires. The author argues that the food trope in children's
literature actually teaches children how to be human through the
imperative to eat "good" food in a "proper" controlled
manner.Examining timely topics such as childhood obesity and anorexia,
the author demonstrates how children's literature routinely attempts
to regulate childhood eating practices and only award subjectivity and
agency to those characters who demonstrate "normal" appetites.
Examining a wide range of children's literature classics from Little
Red Riding Hood to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this book is
an outstanding and unique enquiry into the function of food in
children's literature, and it will make a significant contribution to
the fields of both children's literature and the growing
interdisciplinary domain of food, culture and society.