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Is vegetarianism inherently radical?

List some of the reasons that have led specific groups and societies to advocate vegetarianism.

Please read a vegetarian or vegan tract or cookbook and come to the seminar prepared to discuss how vegetarianism or veganism is presented in this source.


Some English-language historical vegetarian cookbooks and pro-vegetarian treatises

Thomas Tryon, The Way to Health and Long Life (1683).

Thomas Tryon, Pythagoras His Mystic Philosophy Revived (1691)

John Oswald, The Cry of Nature, Or, an Appeal to the Mercy and to Justice, on Behalf of the Persecuted Animals (1791).

Joseph Ritson, Essay on Abstinence from Animal Food (1802)

William Andrus Alcott, Vegetable Diet, Sanctioned by Medical Men and by Experience in All Ages (1838)

Howard William, The Ethics of Diet (1883).
Henry Salt, A Plea for Vegetarianism (1886)

Anna Kingsford, The Ideal in Diet (1898).

Frances More Lappé, Diet for a Small Planet (1971)

Peter Singer, Animal Liberation (1975).

Brian Dominick, Animal Liberation and Social Revolution (1995).

Breeze Harper, Sistah Vegan blog (and book)

Analyses and Histories

Adams, Carol, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (London, 2015).

Gentilcore, David, Food and Health in Early Modern Europe: Diet, Medicine, and Society, 1450-1800 (London, 2016), 115-131.
Gregory, James, Of Victorians and Vegetarians. The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-century Britain (London, 2007).

Guerrini, Anita, ‘A Diet for a Sensitive Soul: Vegetarianism in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Eighteenth-Century Life 23:2 (1999).*
Morton, Timothy, Shelley and the Revolution in Taste: The Body and the Natural World (Cambridge, 1994).*
Morton, Timothy, Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking, 1790-1820 (London, 2000).

Roy, Parama, Alimentary Tracts. Appetites, Aversions, and the Postcolonial (Durham, 2010).*

Roy, Parama, ‘A Dietetics of Virile Emergency’, Women's Studies International Forum 44 (2014), 255-265.*

Roy, Parama, ‘Meat-Eating, Masculinity, and Renunciation in India: A Gandhian Grammar of Diet’, Gender & History 14:1 (2002), 62–91.*

Spencer, Colin, The Heretics' Feast: A History of Vegetarianism (Hanover and London,1995).
Shprintzen, Adam D., The Vegetarian Crusade. The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921 (Chapel Hill, 2013).

Rachels, Stuart, 'Vegetarianism', The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, eds. Tom L. Beauchamp and R. G. Frey (Oxford, 2011).*

Twigg, Julia, ‘Vegetarianism and the Meanings of Meat’, The Sociology of Food and Eating: Essays on the Sociological Significance of Food, ed. Anne Murcott (Gower, 1983).

Whorton, James, ‘Vegetarianism’, and H. Abrams, 'Vegetarianism: Another View', Cambridge World History of Food, ed., Kenneth Kiple, vol. 2 (Cambridge, 2000).*

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