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Societies 2015, 5(1), 65-88; doi:10.3390/soc5010065

Eating Serial: Beatrice Lindsay, Vegetarianism, and the Tactics of Everyday Life in the Late Nineteenth Century

Department of English and Film, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5, Canada
Academic Editors: Chloe Taylor and Kelly Struthers-Montford
Received: 13 November 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2015 / Published: 22 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alimentary Relations, Animal Relations)
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This paper derives from research I conducted in the archives of the Vegetarian Society, in Manchester, in October 2011 on the figure of Beatrice Lindsay, a graduate from Girton College, Cambridge, who, in 1885, became the first female editor of the Society’s journal, the Dietetic Reformer and Vegetarian Messenger. In addition to her position as editor, Lindsay contributed a monthly column on “New Foods” in which she displayed her fluency with scientific terminology not simply to advocate the vegetarian diet, but to make the diet practicable for readers. I argue that her column uses the serial form of the periodical, which presents novel content within a regular structure, to shape inchoate vegetarianism: she gradually constituted the emerging diets, habits, and bodies of vegetarians by, each month, introducing readers to novel content (“new foods”) within a recurrent form. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegetarianism; periodical studies; Beatrice Lindsay; food choices; social change; Foucault; the ethics of eating vegetarianism; periodical studies; Beatrice Lindsay; food choices; social change; Foucault; the ethics of eating
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Young, L. Eating Serial: Beatrice Lindsay, Vegetarianism, and the Tactics of Everyday Life in the Late Nineteenth Century. Societies 2015, 5, 65-88.

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