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Chocolate and Bread: Gendering Sacred and Profane Foods in Contemporary Cultural Representations.

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Journal publication date05/2008
JournalTheology and Sexuality
Number of pages14
Original languageEnglish


According to Maud Ellmann’ food is the thesaurus of all moods and all sensations’ (Ellmann 1993: 112). Ellmann goes onto suggest that food is not only an important signifier within culture and the symbolic order but also plays a vital role in our sense of self. In terms of gender and identity, a lack of academic interest in food has also meant that important ideas concerning religion in terms of the scared and the profane have been neglected. This article looks to literature in order to begin to redress this gap in academic study. Gender identity and food, the scared and the profane. Here I focus upon two types of ‘food’ (Bread and Chocolate) through the work of two female authored, contemporary novels: Chocolat by Joanne Harris (1999) and Give Them Stones by Mary Beckett (1987).

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theology and Sexuality, 14 (3), 2004, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the page: http://tse.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/