CFP ASA 2012 Reading through Recipes: Cookbooks and/as Literature

full name / name of organization: 
American Studies Association Anual Meeting
contact email: 
cfarrish@fulbrightmail.org

We invite proposals for an interdisciplinary roundtable exploring the intersections of literature and cookbooks, receipt books, and domestic manuals. Do these texts constitute a literary genre and how do they map onto more established literatures? How can the narratives and recipes in cookbooks and domestic manuals expose colonial relations, imperial encounters and the legacies of empire? How can we frame a scholarly conversation regarding the intricate modes of domination and resistance built into the genre itself? What impulses do these texts share with other domestic genres such as the domestic novel, sentimental fiction, the plantation school, and so on? And how do these texts extend their reach beyond the private sphere, into larger currents of transnational exchange of bodies, ideas, and ingredients? We invite papers ranging in historical scope from early America through the 1960s. Special consideration will be given to papers that address this topic through such lenses as: gender studies, critical race theory, performance theory, borderlands, and transnationalism.

Please submit a brief (250 word) abstract and 1-page cv to cfarrish@fulbrightmail.org by Monday, January 16, 2012.

Christopher Farrish
Department of Cultural Studies
The Claremont Graduate University

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond