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Eating One's Way through Cultures: Antonin Artaud's Autoexoticist Diets and Epistemologies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2020


That culture, diet, and epistemology are intertwined and formulate one another is a truism. But to see them as one living body inhabiting shifting perspectives that can be shed easily, like snakeskins, is an exotic view that invites further investigation. Such intriguing ideas are precisely what we find in the remarkable avant-garde writer Antonin Artaud (1896–1948). This essay traces the surprising connections between Artaud's idea of culture, the body, diet, and knowledge, arguing that Artaud outlines a notion of autoexoticism as throwing open the boundaries of one's subjectivity and culture to change and rupture.

Theories and Methodologies
Copyright © Modern Language Association of America, 2017

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