This workshop starts with the premise that food is an essential ingredient in the making of selves, families, communities, regions, and nations. We will explore the ways that we celebrate food traditions, create new habits and tastes, and also respond to food problems (e.g. food scarcity and safety, climate change and land use, and the complex networks of food producers, servers, and consumers). Our readings will draw from a variety of different fields and perspectives, including literature, history, anthropology, and environmental studies, as well as various genres of food writing - the personal essay, the recipe, and scholarly essays on the intersections between food and culture. Our course materials will provide an introduction into the emergent and growing interdisciplinary field of “Food Studies” and will help us see food as inextricably connected to our economic, political, and social structures.
Instructor: Anne Brubaker