Year 20 No. 2 (2012): Issue 2/2012

Gastronomische metaphorik und nationalcharakter

Published 10/10/2013

How to Cite

Grüning, H.-G. (2013). Gastronomische metaphorik und nationalcharakter. L’Analisi Linguistica E Letteraria, 20(2), 195–212. Retrieved from


Food metaphors can be used to characterize, often pejoratively, a person or groups of persons which have different gastronomic habits. Taking as a starting point a semantic analysis, the research focuses on the use of the gastronomic metaphor either in the political satire (Hogarth, Gillray) or in
authors like V. Imbriani and H. Heine to describe satirically and humorously the members of different social groups or peoples, a technique that in times of war or conflicts may assume polemical and defamatory tones.