112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Food Studies I

Session Chair: 
Rebecca Ingram, University of San Diego
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 4
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  1. Nicoletta Tinozzi-Mehrmand, University of California, Riverside
    In his 1883 The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tuscan author Carlo Collodi recounts the misadventures of a wooden puppet which, in many ways, mirror the struggles of a newly unified Italy. The purpose of this paper is to show how the representation and the often unsuccessful pursuit of food in Pinocchio parallel the poverty and hunger of the young Italian nation.
  2. Jeffrey Janosik, University of Washington
    My paper considers the signification of bodies within late eighteenth-century political economy and early-nineteenth-century “social-problem” novels. I argue that in both discourses bodies become bifurcated and re-signified, allowing for the suggestion that visceral hunger may be “solved” by moral/spiritual sustenance. 
  3. Michelle Bloom, University of California, Riverside
    Taiwanese director Lin Cheng-Shen’s 2013 film 27°C: Loaf Rocks exemplifies the role of the culinary as a conduit for cross-culture connections.  Based on the life of baker Wu Pao-chun, the biopic turned melodrama depicts the mythic role of France in the global culinary imaginary and the resulting Franco-Taiwanese interplay.
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