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Death at the Drive-Thru: Fast Food Betrayal in Bad Taste and Poultrygeist

Cynthia J. Miller

Cynthia J. Miller is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emerson College, USA, and a cultural anthropologist specializing in popular culture and visual media. She serves on the board of the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association, and is Treasurer and Governing Board member of the International Association for Media and History, as well as Director of Communication for the Center for the Study of Film and History. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Television. She is the winner of the James Welsh Prize for lifetime achievement in adaptation studies and the Peter C. Rollins prize for a book-length work in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Mario Cortini and Philip Nutman, “Profile: Peter Jackson: Master of Bad Taste,” Gorezone 5 (January 1989): 20.In 1976, the first McDonald’s arrived in New Zealand, beginning a gradual shift in the nation’s food consumption emphasis from...

From Gourmet to Gore: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen

Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Karen A. Ritzenhoff

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Cynthia J. Miller

Cynthia J. Miller is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emerson College, USA, and a cultural anthropologist specializing in popular culture and visual media. She serves on the board of the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association, and is Treasurer and Governing Board member of the International Association for Media and History, as well as Director of Communication for the Center for the Study of Film and History. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Television. She is the winner of the James Welsh Prize for lifetime achievement in adaptation studies and the Peter C. Rollins prize for a book-length work in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Deathfugue (“Todesfuge”) by Paul Celan, translated by Michael Hamburger.In 1945, the Romanian-born Jewish writer Paul Celan wrote the “Death Fugue” (published as “Todesfuge” in German), using food imagery to depict the horrors of the death...

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Cynthia J. Miller

Cynthia J. Miller is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emerson College, USA, and a cultural anthropologist specializing in popular culture and visual media. She serves on the board of the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association, and is Treasurer and Governing Board member of the International Association for Media and History, as well as Director of Communication for the Center for the Study of Film and History. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Television. She is the winner of the James Welsh Prize for lifetime achievement in adaptation studies and the Peter C. Rollins prize for a book-length work in popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A. Bowdoin Van Riper

A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who specializes in depictions of science and technology in popular culture. He is Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History and an archivist for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Van Riper’s publications include Imagining Flight: Aviation in Popular Culture (2003), and A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Television (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... on the ghastly consequences of failing, at the wrong moment, to pay attention to those instincts. It begins with “Death at the Drive-Thru,” Cynthia J. Miller’s chapter on two cult films that mock our collective willingness to trade quality...

All-Consuming Passions: Vampire Foodways in Contemporary Film and Television

What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... and panic.Parasecoli, Bite Me, 45. If, according to Sally Miller, “sexual activity for the vampire is both polymorphously perverse and inseparable from the ingestion of food,”Sally Miller, “‘Nursery Fears Made Flesh and Sinew’: Vampires, the Body,...

Catering to the Cult of Ishtar: Blood Feast

Rob Weiner

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A. Bowdoin Van Riper

A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who specializes in depictions of science and technology in popular culture. He is Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History and an archivist for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Van Riper’s publications include Imagining Flight: Aviation in Popular Culture (2003), and A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Television (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... and the intrigues of the gods. Her reappearance on earth at the vernal equinox signals the return of prosperity and fertility until her departure again in the fall.See Joshua J. Mark, “Inanna’s Descent: A Sumerian Tale of Injustice,” Ancient History...

A Hunger for Dead Cakes: Visions of Abjection, Scapegoating, and the Sin-Eater

What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... stories, “what we did.” Mikel J. Koven uses this point to discuss the incident in the film The Wicker Man (2006) where a human is sacrificed in a giant burning colossus, but it applies to the Sin-Eater idea as well. To discuss the Sin-Eater “as...

Flesh and Blood in Claude Chabrol’s Le Boucher

What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...French filmmaker Claude Chabrol was a known gourmand. He peppered his films with food and meals that enlivened his plots and nourished the sense of realism for which he is celebrated. More than just a gourmand, however, Chabrol had...
... sexual appetite and consumption of 302. In short order, 302 becomes a commodity—just, as the feminist complaint about objectification goes, some piece of meat.See Carol J. Adams’s exemplary study The Sexual Politics of Meat:...

Who Can Be Eaten? Consuming Animals and Humans in the Cannibal-Savage Horror Film

What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... of the absent referent is to keep our ‘meat’ separated from any idea that she or he was once an animal … meat becomes unanchored by its original referent (the animal), becoming instead a free-floating image.”Carol J. Adams, The Sexual Politics...

The Goo in You: Food as Invader in The Stuff

A. Bowdoin Van Riper

A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who specializes in depictions of science and technology in popular culture. He is Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History and an archivist for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Van Riper’s publications include Imagining Flight: Aviation in Popular Culture (2003), and A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Television (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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What’s Eating You? : Food and Horror on Screen

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... array of edible delights.On the history of these changes, see Susan Williams, Food in the United States, 1820s–1890 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006); and Megan J. Elias, Food in the United States, 1890–1945 (Westport, CT: Greenwood...