Spring 2008 not offered
This course examines how the portrayal of food and diverse culinary practices in film can help us to understand the character and identity of the body politic. The interdisciplinary medium of "foodways" is an especially useful way of understanding several concepts that are a critical part of the political, such as the distinction between public and private, between self and state, and many others. Moreover, the study of foodways sheds much light on the politics of identity, race relations, and gender relations.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: GOVT151 OR GOVT105
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Our primary source material will be film. Among the materials we will view will be LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE; EAT, DRINK, MAN, WOMAN; BABBETTE'S FEAST; BIG NIGHT; A FEAST AT MIDNIGHT; and others. In addition to the films, we will make reference to and use of the following materials.
FOOD & CULTURE: A READER. Counihan et al
CONSUMING PASSIONS. Griffiths et al
THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW. Avakian
EAT FAT. Klein
POLITICS OF FAT. Sims
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Six written papers over the course of the semester, on topics to be determined by the instructor.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A final paper or project to be chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor.
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