Benidorm and the 'All You Can Eat' Buffet: Food, Bodily Functions and the Carnivalesque

Authors: Pullen, C.

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Pages: 44-64

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

Place of Publication: Basingstoke

ISBN: 9781137463227

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-46323-4

Pullen explores the significance of food in relation to its availability within the overseas ‘lower class’ holiday package resort, examining representations within the comedy television series Benidorm (ITV, 2007-present, UK). Notions of class and sexual identity are examined by focusing on the context of the overweight body as a signifier for cultural identity, and the significance of excrement as the abject product of food. This chapter foregrounds theories of the carnival and the cultural capital of taste, arguing that Benidorm is a representational text of British culture that not only breaks down barriers of identity but also frames contexts of vulnerability, humanity and self-reflexivity.

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Authors: Pullen, C.

Pages: 44-64

ISBN: 9781349561025

DOI: 10.1057/9781137463234_4

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