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"Cultural Politics of Food" Special Issue of the Massachusetts Review
French philosopher and gastronome, Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin’s famous
aphorism, “Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you what you are” circulates widely
in debates, and discussions about food and culture. Such logic portends that
because one eats curry, one is Indian; because one eats potatoes, one is
Irish. But rarely are food and cultural-national identity so neatly aligned.
Instead, food and culture are enmeshed within a complex web of affiliation
mediated by the interplay of race, class, gender and sexuality. Additionally,
the movement of people and capital around the world rapidly shifts the
tenor of debates concerning the cultural politics of food.
With a view to exploring the impact of the “local” and “global” on culture and
foodways, submissions are sought for a special issue of the Massachusetts
Review (tentative publication of Spring 2004) to be guest edited by Anita
Mannur. Creative non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, as well as critical
analyses of food and foodways or representations of food and foodways in film,
literature and culture that complicate the relationship between food and
culture are welcome. Previously published work, unfortunately, cannot be
considered for inclusion in this volume.
Submissions are due by June 1, 2003. If you prefer email, please send your
submission (attached as a Word or RTF document) to amannur_at_uwalumni.com. If by
mail, please send to: Anita Mannur, Asian American Studies, 1208 W. Nevada St,
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 6180. Feel free to contact me with
questions regarding ideas for submissions, or for further information.
Editor bio: Anita Mannur is a postdoctoral fellow in Asian American Studies at
the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is coeditor of Theorizing
Diaspora (Blackwell, 2003) with Jana Evans Braziel. Her research on the
cultural politics of food in South Asian America is forthcoming in the Journal
of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies and in the
collection APA Pop: New Directions in Asian American Cultural Studies.
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