CFP: [General] NEMLA 2009 Call for Papers: Food and Eating in 19th-C. Italian and European Literature

full name / name of organization: 
David Del Principe
contact email: 
delprinciped@mail.montclair.edu

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, February 26-March 1, 2009
(http://www.nemla.org/convention/cfp08.html#italian)

This panel invites papers that examine the role of food, eating, and hunger in 19th-century
Italian and European literature and culture, in particular, from an Ecofeminist perspective. The
panel asks these questions: how do food, eating, and hunger, for example, in Carlo Collodi’s
Pinocchio, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and many other works, elide gender and/or species
constructs? Does such an elision reflect the construction of nation? How do food paradigms,
hierarchies, and consumption reinforce or challenge the androcentric and anthropocentric
thinking of dominant culture during industrialization and unification? Although food, eating, and
the status of animals have become the subject of vigorous, critical inquiry in contemporary
Italian and American culture (for example, Mad Cow Disease, Foodism, the Slow Food Movement,
and Vegetarianism) and consumption and cannibalism have sparked rich, academic debate in
postcolonial studies, the realm of the alimentary is seldom approached in 19th-century literature
as a construct of species or from an Ecofeminist viewpoint. Various critical and theoretical
approaches and methodologies, including cross-cultural viewpoints, are welcome. Readings of
noncanonical texts are also encouraged.

Send one-page abstract via e-mail only by Sept. 15, 2008 to:
delprinciped_at_mail.montclair.edu

David Del Principe
Department of Spanish and Italian
Dickson Hall 367
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

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