|Semester and Year||SP 2012|
|Time||3:30 PM - 6:10 PM|
In this class we will explore food as an explicitly political space, one that demarcates racial and cultural boundaries and shapes identities. We will address these core concerns, in part, by engaging works of literature that examine the relationship between food and the expression of culture, history and trauma. Course texts may include novels like Nervous Conditions, Breath Eyes Memory, Beloved , and Black Boy . Nowhere is food more politically and culturally charged than in NYC, so the city will also be our classroom. We negotiate the porous yet enduring boundaries of race and culture as often as we eat, walk or shop in Little Italy or Little India, Koreatown or Chinatown, Le Petite Senegal or Harlem. None of these places or cuisines is in any way associated with contemporary American food culture, which has historically harkened to preserving what is "authentically" American. These difference can be understood as forms of exclusion as well as cultural preservation— but either way they are lines of demarcation that make legible forms of power. We will use a variety of texts to investigate dynamics of power represented in and by food. Who is food for? How does the representation of food reify and negotiate the boundaries of race and culture?
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)