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October 29th, 2010

Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography

Posted by Tricia Zephyr in Uncategorized

My paper will be about the relationship the authors of food memoirs and the food they cook. Somehow the food they cooked was a way of solidifying their salvation from drugs, capitalism, and from themselves. In all three text that I have chosen to write about, they look at food as a way out- a way to be different from their former selves, a way to be better. I thought it would be interesting to look at gender norms within all three texts, because their revelations of who they are and who they ought are always around food. Although there has not been a lot of literary criticism has been  done with food memoirs, I am certain it will be done soon. There genre of Food memoirs is constantly expanding.

            It is in Asia while eating Laksa  that Tony Bourdain in”Medium Raw”, doesn’t necessarily regret his past but looks to his past as a way of not being. Although Anthony Bourdain is a middle aged man, this memoir could also be looked at as a coming of age story where he determines what it means to be a man, and defines it for himself. In Cathy Erway’s “The Art of Eating In”,  she realizes that eating out so often was more than just a way to support capitalism. It was a way for her to run away from herself- to be out of herself.  Forcing herself to eat in centralizes her main problems, and it is through cooking at home where she focus and alleviates concerns.  In Spoonfed, Kim Severson is on a culinary adventure to find herself. It is through food she is able to fully be comfortable with the title of her being a  lesbian, and it is also through food that her mother begins to understand.

            Annotated Bibliography

1. ^ Butler, Judith (1999) [1990]. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Subversive bodily acts, IV Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions). New York: Routledge. p. 179.

Here, Judith Butler adresses the idea of Gender as a performance. This correlates to my thesis because I will scope out the ways that one “acts like a man” or “acts like a woman” around food. Food is inanimate object, therefore gender neutral, but  I would find it interesting to see how feminity and masculinity is determined around food. ( Tony Bourdain rarely cooks in the novel, but the other two women do)

2. Counihan, Carole. “Food Rules in the United States: Individualism, Control, and Hierarchy.” Anthropological Quarterly 65.2 (1992): 55-66. Print.

This Journal article speaks to how food can be a way of self-expression, therefore determining indivisualism.

3. Bloom, Lynn Z.  ”Consuming Prose: The Delectable Rhetoric of Food Writing”. College English: 70.4 (2008 Mar.), pp. 346-362.

Food writing emphasizes its human contexts. The most succulent food

writing puts the subject in a social setting.“, says Lynn Bloom in the article.  This article makes food memoirs a little bit more literary. Just as snow and winter may mean death in literature, eating with family means community and eating alone may  mean isolationism.

4.  Counihan, Carole. “Female Identity, Food, and Power in Contemporary Florence.” Anthropological Journal 61.2 (1988): 51-62. Print.

I was thinking about using this article to reflect Counihan’s previous article about people finding indentity with food, but here it is limited to women


Ehrhard, Julia C. “Food and Foodways,.” Towards Queering Food Studies: Foodways, Heteronormativity, and Hungry Women in Chicana Lesbian Writing 12.2 (2006): 91-109. Print.

“Literature by Chicana lesbians not only invites scholars to question heteronormative assumptions about food, gender, and identity, but also demonstrates the potential of queer studies to enrich a variety of topics in food scholarship.”, says author Julia C. Ehrhardt. Although Kim Severson is not chicana, she still shares a struggle- being a woman, and being queer, in a heteronormative industry that food has become.

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