English V (Modern British): Food & Socialization in Modern British Literature (SAMLA, Nov. 4-6, 2011)

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Rebecca Brown
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Twentieth- and twenty-first century British writers have evinced an overwhelming interest in depicting communal cooking scenes, unsavory solitary meals, lavish dinners with family members, struggles with eating disorders, and WWII rationing in their works. Recent literary studies and articles focusing on food and gender, food and cultural identity, food and social class, and food and children's literature attest to this burgeoning critical interest.  This panel seeks proposals for papers that explore the intersections between food and socialization in the twentieth- and/or twenty-first century British novel, short story, poem, and/or play. Please email abstracts of 250 words to Rebecca Brown, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, at rbrown@tamusa.tamus.edu by the extended deadline of June 27, 2011.