Salt Cod and Cool Whip: Adventures in American Gastronomica (LLC)

Food is an old subject. But the academic study of the way people produce, procure, prepare, and eat food as a path to understanding culture is relatively new. This seminar will situate itself at the multi-disciplinary interchange that characterizes this new field of inquiry and will introduce students to the ways in which practices of everyday life, as well as historical and literary texts, may be open to intellectual inquiry about food and eating. Among the questions we'll pursue are, what was the impact of West African slaves in the development of American food, what was the "home economics movement" and how did it effect gender roles, why is American food still considered inferior as a world cuisine, and how are food and politics intertwined?

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