Joanne Ella Parsons

I am based at Bath Spa University and my research focuses upon literary, medical and cultural readings surrounding men's relationship with food within the Victorian period. This is a field that has not yet been covered in scholarship, although the link between women and eating has been extensively examined. My work will establish connections between existing discourses with regard to women, eating and the presentation of the female body, and the unexplored territory of her male counterpart. I am particularly interested in discovering how the depiction of these themes within sensation and realist novels reinforce or expose the rigid construction of masculinity within this period and how they reflect contemporary cultural discourses.

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