116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Food Studies

Session Chair: 
Elizabeth Reimer, Thompson Rivers University
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Humanities 102
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  1. Jane Komori, University of California Santa Cruz
    The proposed paper stems from an interdisciplinary project that explores Asian North American diasporic histories, feelings, and cultural productions through the foodways of these communities. The paper reads the history of Western Canadian sugar production against contemporary biosecurity and pediatric health discourses, with the support of literatures about race, sweetness, and childhood.
  2. Nowell Marshall, Rider University
    In The Dead Secret, Wilkie Collins uses Mr. Phippen’s aversion to food, his effeminate bachelorhood, and his self-definition against other characters’ food choices to subtly suggest Mr. Phipps’s alternative masculinity. Mr. Phipps’s obsession with and abjection of food becomes a form of self-discipline that prefigures the 1873 classificationof anorexia.
  3. Lindsey Moser, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
    This paper will examine Bernard of Clairvaux’s descriptions of taste, eating, and lactating in his sermons as a context for developing an examination of how food, consumption, and breastfeeding in Cistercian conceptualisations of sanctity differ from how consumption occurred in praxis.
  4. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College
    Diane Carey’s romance novel Under the Wild Moon (1986) purposefully rewrites the legend of Robin Hood in an act of popular medievalism that emphasizes food and feasting in terms of the outlaw hero’s ability to provide for a community, as the greenwood becomes a place of nourishment not only for the heroine Katie but for the refugees like her who find homes at Robin Hood’s camp.
Session Cancelled: