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

Women in French I: Women's Writings on Food

Session Chair: 
Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 113


  1. Sylvie Blum, University of Florida
    Flanner’s Letters from Paris from 1925 to 1954 reported on food and culinary modes, on top of socio-political and artistic matters. A rue Jacob (Left Bank) bistro became her platform to figure out the political landscape, wine making, cubist designs, writers, surrealism and French customs regarding food and meals. 
  2. Raquelle Bostow, Vanderbilt University
    Marie NDiaye’s most recent novel, La Cheffe: roman d’une cuisinière (2016), examines the relationship between pleasure and consumption of literal (animal) and figurative (female body) flesh. I argue that the main character, la Cheffe, subverts the patriarchal schema of carno-phallogocentrisme (a Derridian neologism) through her engagement with the culinary arts.
  3. Heidi Brown, Loyola University Maryland
    This paper examines how food is used to talk about a wide range of topics related to Cameroonian history, society, and politics. It also shows how the market place, kitchen, and literary page are portrayed as priviledged feminine spaces of creativity, memory, and construction. 
  4. Monique Manopoulos, "California State University, East Bay"
    Je me propose d'étudier les différents mécanismes qui permettent de dé-construire les stéréotypes patriarcaux concernant la recherche d'un mari et du mariage en général dans Comment cuisiner son mari à l'Africaine de Calixthe Beyala.
Session Cancelled: