Unspeakable Rites

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A Short History Of Cannibalism19970524

The horrors of cannibalism have usually been associated with far-off primitive peoples or our own distantly remote past.

Although the subject figures in many important literary works, from Homer to Sade and Dante to Defoe, it is generally shrouded in coy rhetoric or used to convey a political message.

Claude Rawson explores the strange history of cannibalism in Western literature.