CFP: [Romantic] Food and Eating: Ecofeminist Perspectives in 19th-Century Italian and European Literature

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David Del Principe

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.

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