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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Centre for British Studies | Archive | Public Lecture: “Indigestion in the Long Nineteenth Century: Aspects of English Taste and Anxiety, 1800 – 1950” (Hard Times Launch “Food and Drink”)

Public Lecture: “Indigestion in the Long Nineteenth Century: Aspects of English Taste and Anxiety, 1800 – 1950” (Hard Times Launch “Food and Drink”)

Stephen Mennell
When Dec 07, 2009
from 06:15 PM to 08:15 PM
Where Großbritannien-Zentrum, Mohrenstraße 60
Contact Phone 030 2093 99040
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In his book All Manners of Food, first published as long ago as 1985,  Stephen Mennell explored how it came about that (in contrast with France), in Britain there seemed to be a long established, historically rooted, and widespread lack of enjoyment in eating. In this lecture, he will suggest that the British indifference to the pleasures of the table may be rooted in an actual fear of eating. He will report on his study of books written, from 1800 to 1950, by doctors proffering advice to laypeople about what they should eat. A fear of indigestion appears to have hung over the British at large over that period. No doubt attitudes to the pleasures of the table have changed in Britain during the last half-century, as part of transformations of taste throughout the Western world. So, in retrospect, older British attitudes appear highly amusing.