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Issue 3: Haunting, Horrible Hunger: Food for Fright

Letter from the Editor

Food studies have become an increasingly present and important lens through which to analyze both prose and poetry. In myriad works of literature, authors depict families, friends, and even strangers sharing a meal. Sharing food is often a unifying force, a means by which to foster and cement relationships.

For the third issue of our journal, the editors of Parlour asked submitters to consider the deleterious effects of food and the ways that food sometimes brings out the dark, even horrific side of literary relationships.

We have titled the issue “Haunting, Horrible Hunger: Food for Fright,” and our four authors have broached this subject in innovative, astute ways. The texts discussed in this issue range from Richardson’s Pamela to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, from The Court & Kitchin of Elizabeth to Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen. Indeed, one of the strengths of the issue is the breadth with which the articles and essays explore the topic of food in literature.

Our authors are Christina Boyle, Chloe Owen, Léna Remy-Kovach, and Dana Schumacher-Schmidt. We are grateful for their diligence, and we are deeply impressed with their sharp, insightful readings. Essays by Boyle and Remy-Kovach are listed under the Growlery tab.

I would like to thank our founder, C.A. Knauss, our editor-in-chief, Josh Davis, my fellow assistant editor, Aaron Babcock, and our fantastic team of associate editors. Many thanks are also due to Paul Jones, Linda Zionkowski, Sherrie Gradin, and Linda Rice for their support of our journal.

Readers, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed compiling it.


Kristin M. Distel

Assistant Editor