The bill of fare
The politics of food in Maria Edgeworth’s children’s fiction
in Spilling the beans
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This chapter discusses Maria Edgeworth's writing for children, looking at the centrality of food in the cultural and social constitution of the child. It notes that Edgeworth's children's fiction is seen to inspire the precepts of Malthus and Smith, as well as her suspicions and ambivalence towards the breast and the rest of the maternal body. The chapter also identifies some reasons why food can be particularly important in writing for children.

Spilling the beans

Eating, cooking, reading and writing in British women’s fiction, 1770–1830

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