Weaving the link between literature, food and photography, Fictitious Feasts is based upon food scenes in fiction texts, at the service of a sensory experience.
Eating is an essential activity, and connects both a sense of survival and social functions. Literature is frequently embedded in the imagery of food, and in many cases, characters are busy with the preparation or the consumption of a meal. The motif of food is particularly interesting in so far as it deeply reveals everyday life and its rituals, or it is a landmark in in the storytelling.
Giving life to the story, food can also define a character or convey another theme: it relates the characters to some social or cultural identity. It could be said that writing reveals a great deal of human behaviours when intertwined with the literary treatment of food, for food not only nourishes but it is also a pretext to dramatic events or metaphors.
Both food and words are essential to the human race and the way they are closely interwoven in literature is relevant of a certain human dimension. Meals fulfil physical needs as well as they provide psycho-emotional nourishment. The powerfulness of orality engages all the senses.
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" (Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm)
"Against Nature" (Joris-Karl Huysmans)
"Love in the times of cholera" (Gabriel García Márquez)
"To the Lighthouse" (Virginia Woolf)
"The Metamorphosis" (Franz Kafka)
"Anna Karenina" (Leo Tolstoy)
"Moby Dick, or the Whale" (Herman Melville)
"The Bluest Eye" (Toni Morrison)
"Alice's adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-glass" (Lewis Carroll)
"The ingenious Hidalgo Don Quijote of la Mancha" (Miguel de Cervantes)
"The Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" (Clive Staples Lewis)
"Jane Eyre" (Charlotte Brontë)
"Les Misérables" (Victor Hugo)
"On the Road" (Jack Kerouac)
"Vipère au poing" (Hervé Bazin)
"Little Red Riding Hood" (Charles Perrault)
"We Have Always Lived in the Castle" (Shirley Jackson)
"Remembrance of Things Past" (Marcel Proust)