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    DescriptionThis 2000 book considers the literary and cultural significance of spice, and the spice trade, in Romantic literature, shedding new light on the impact of consumerism and capitalist ideology on writers of the period. Timothy Morton demonstrates how the emerging consumer culture was characterized by an ornate, figuratively rich mode of representation which he describes as 'the poetics of spice'. This is the focal point for a probing analysis that addresses a host of related themes - exoticism, orientalism, colonialism, the slave trade, race and gender issues, and, above all, capitalism. Employing a mixture of Marxist, deconstructive and psychoanalytic theory, Morton explores how capitalist ideology was inscribed in the very materials of consumption. The book takes a wide historical perspective, surveying a range of literary, political, medical, travel, trade and philosophical texts, and includes readings of Milton, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, Charlotte Smith and Southey among many others.


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    Title
    The Poetics of Spice
    Subtitle
    Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Timothy Morton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 610 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521771467
    ISBN 10: 0521771463
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
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    DC22: 820.9355
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    LC classification: PR408.S665 M67 2000
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    Illustrations note
    17 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 November 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Timothy Morton is Professor of English at Rice University, Houston.
    Review quote
    'Only one word describes Timothy Morton's The Poetics of Spice: Spicy. Like an exotic dish this book is both enticing and overwhelming.' BARS Bulletin
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The confection of spice: historical and theoretical considerations; 2. Trade winds; 3. Place settings; 4. Blood sugar; 5. Sound and scents: further investigations of space; Notes; Bibliography; Index.