CFP: NEMLA 2016 Roundtable

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2015
Connecticut, Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Literature
Northeast Modern Language Convention, March 17-20, 2016 Hartford, CT
Call for Papers:
Roundtable - Food for Thought: Metaphors of Eating in Literature and Film
Chairs - Serena Rivera (UMass Dartmouth)
             Niki Krieg (Columbia University)
Abstract: Food is far more than nutrition, a necessity, or an act of satiation and digestion. The politics of food and eating play a crucial role in our daily lives. Food is not only linked to corporeal survival; it is largely imbedded into social processes that serve to (de)stabilize notions of culture, social relationships, gender, classes, ethnicity, nationality, etc. As such, food and eating (and not eating) are crucial lenses through which to analyze larger social structures within a culture. Looking to literature and film as examples of cultural ethnographies, this roundtable aims to emphasize the ways in which metaphors of food across cultures and through literature and film are powerful loci for cultural and critical analysis. Thus far, the presence of food in literature and film has, for example, narrated the imposition of hegemonic masculinities and femininities such as that seen in the respective works of James Joyce and Sylvia Plath; it is used as a means to wield power in a world where one either eats or is eaten in Marco Jorge's Brazilian film Estômago: A Gastronomic Story (2007); and, as one especially denotes in Un americano a Roma (1954), throughout Reconstruction, Italy imbibed America’s Coca-Cola culture -- hand-in-hand with the intoxicatingly exorbitant funds of the U.S. Marshall Plan. This roundtable aims, ultimately, to address food metaphors as sites of cultural narration with the intention of contributing to the rich array of critical food-focused analyses of culture already in existence. 
Description: This roundtable seeks submissions that explore broadly, by way of literature and film, the ways in which food metaphors narrate and navigate larger social processes within cultures. While this roundtable seeks papers that elaborate particularly upon themes of survival and subordination, other welcome topics include connections between food and sexuality; (in)digestion; protest; religion; nationality and race. We particularly welcome submissions that approach these topics cross-culturally.
Abstract submissions due: Sept. 30, 2015
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Serena Rivera

PhD Candidate

Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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