Mapping the Tasteland

Bruera coverThis book draws together the results of extensive research into the complex relationships that some modern European and Argentinean writers have enjoyed with food and wine. The European writers considered include Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Italo Svevo, Marcel Schwob, James Joyce and Robert Louis Stevenson; their Argentinean counterparts include Domingo F. Sarmiento, Lucio V. Mansilla, Roberto J. Payró and Ezequiel Martínez Estrada. Through an exploration of both fiction and non-fiction, the author shows how these thinkers’ ideas about food and wine influenced modernity and how they continue to influence contemporary issues such as ‘globalized’ menus and food poverty.

Matías Bruera is a sociologist, researcher and teacher of the history of ideas at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Quilmes in Argentina. He has published extensively in journals and magazines on the sociology of culture and food culture. He is the author of Meditaciones sobre el gusto: vino, alimentación y cultura (2005), La argentina fermentada: vino alimentación y cultura (2006) and Comer (2010). He is also a founding member of the journal Pensamiento de los confines.

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