Last taught: Fall 2016
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Our relationships to food often evoke a wide array of emotions and engage multiple senses, sometimes all five of them at once; food thus has the potential to play important roles in the formation of who ‘we’ are as people, on social, psychological, and even political levels. Through writing, students will explore questions such as: How can we think about food in conjunction with affect – including love, national or cultural pride, and anguish – through our exploration of food and feelings in writing? How can we use food to learn more about ourselves as well as other inhabitants of the world?
Over the course of the semester, students will write and manage an assignment blog for class, as well their own food blog on WordPress, which they will design according to their own academic, personal, and culinary interests. Students will write/compose in multiple modes, which can include photography, illustrations, and/or other visual components. Other assignments also include: writing a script for an episode of a TV show or cinematic scene about food; an online recipe review; free-writing about food that students bring to share with classmates. The course materials will include films such as Amélie (2001) and Waitress (2007), as well as short excerpts from books such as Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu.