Dietary Conversions and Forms of Life

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This paper regards the emergence of forms of life in the field of food and dietary choices.It aims at connecting meat-free diets with the notion of form of life, especially focussingon the moment of “conversion” from an omnivourous diet to vegetarianism or veganism.The semiotic mechanisms of transitions between forms of life connected to dietary regimenswill be highlighted. How does the conversion happen? Like in spiritual and religiousdiscourses, the conversion is often a striking event, a punctual episode in the subject’s life,affecting particularly his/her pathemic and sensorial spheres. In other cases, conversionsimply complex and slow processes, affecting pragmatic and cognitive dimensions. Theenunciative category of assumption/assertion and the theory of narrativity will help tounderstand which are the deep semiotic processes involved in the phenomenon of dietaryconversions and the way these are connected to the emergence of forms of life. In orderto examinate the semiotic transformation of dietetic conversions, the corpus of analysisthat will be considered includes literary texts, also autobiographical, movies and othermediatic texts about stories of conversion from an omnivorous diet to a no-meat diet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-136
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Applied Psychology


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