Food Imagery in Lesley Saunders’ Poetry

Clementina Mihăilescu 1  and Stela Pleşa 2
  • 1 “Aurel Vlaicu” University, Arad, Romania
  • 2 University of Craiova, Romania


The essay entitled “Food Imagery in Lesley Saunders’ Poetry” expands upon various food issues that will be approached via Gaston Bachelard’s aesthetic theory which situates us in the proximity of a sensible point of objectivity further enlarged upon from a phenomenological perspective that merges the exterior substantiality of food with the reality of imagination. The acquired intimate connotations of the poetess’ food environment are tackled in terms of the inner/outer opposition and the Platonic dialectics that involves old versus new, good versus evil, plenty versus scarcity, revealing the dynamic virtues of “roots,” the emblem of the diversity of food. Our approach to the house, where various types of food are being prepared, in relation to its pivotal functions of dwelling, preparing food and sharing it, turns both the house and food into the unfailing communality and sociality constructs of all places and ages.

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  • Bachelard, Gaston. Poetica spațiului. Pitești: Editura Paralela 45, 2003. Print.

  • Berkshire Literature Festival Anthology. Reading: Berkshire Literature Festival, 1992. Print.

  • Bridport Prize Anthology. Harvest ’92. Bridport: Bridport Arts Centre, 1992. Print.

  • Saunders, Lesley. The Dark Larder. Reading: Corridor P, 1997. Print.


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