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First-Year Research Seminar: Food Culture and Food Writing

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number FIRST-UG710
Section 001
Instructor Scott Korb
Days Mon,Wed
Time 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


We love food and it haunts us. We indulge in it and abstain from it. It makes us sick and it heals us. We worry over where it comes from and serve it during our religious rituals. We pay a fortune for it and we give it away. Its preparation is a science and an art. With a major focus on crafting the research essay, this course asks students to consider the many, often contradictory, roles food has played, and continues to play, in culture. And through a process of writing, workshopping, and the all-important rewriting, students will have their own hand in the kitchen of the essay writer. Readings require a consideration of a variety of food writing—from primary sources, cookbooks, newspapers, magazines, and journals—and include works by David Foster Wallace, M.F.K. Fisher, John McPhee, Ruth Reichl, A.J. Liebling, and Michael Pollan.



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First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

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