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The Critical Rumble: Marinetti, Benjamin, and the Politics of Gastroaesthetics in Modernity

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dc.contributor.advisor Paterson, Zabet , Rubin, James en_US
dc.contributor.author Aldridge, Kelly Rae en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Art History and Criticism en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T17:34:03Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:46:07Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T17:34:03Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:46:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier Aldridge_grad.sunysb_0771M_10838 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/59562 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/71137 en_US
dc.description 45 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper initiates an investigation into the aesthetic spaces surrounding comestibility and potability. Throughout the Western philosophic tradition, eating and drinking have been subject to dismissal on the grounds of the corporeality, subjectivity, and temporality implicit in the consumptive act. After briefly tracing the systematic marginalization of both the properties and pleasures of food and drink throughout the development of art discourse, this paper will turn two unlikely contemporaries, F.T. Marinetti and Walter Benjamin, who shared an interest in the potential revolutionary ramifications of food to expand the category of aesthetic experience and to radically thrust corporeality and temporality into the practice and theory of art. Both Marinetti and Benjamin deploy the phenomenological, nutritional, and material qualities of food to critique contemporary ontologies of private and political bodies. However, their strategies reflect two very different conceptions of modern subjectivity. Marinetti promotes dietetics, cookbooks, and collective meals to corporatize and mechanize the body. Benjamin, on the other hand, embraces oraganicity and somaticity as a bodily technique of resistance to totalizing effects of both capitalist and totalitarian techno-tactics. This paper will investigate modern approaches to taste and edibility through the aesthetic theories of these two figures. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Aesthetics--Art criticism en_US
dc.subject.other Futurism, Gastronomy, Walter Benjamin en_US
dc.title The Critical Rumble: Marinetti, Benjamin, and the Politics of Gastroaesthetics in Modernity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US

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