Modernism and Cuisine: 2014 NeMLA (April 3-6)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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April 3-6, 2014--Harrisburg, PA

The recent emergence of 'modernist cuisine'--a culinary movement codified in the encyclopedic "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking" (2011)--invites a reconsideration of how cuisine within 20th century literary modernism might be understood. From the madeleine in Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu" (1913) to the gorgonzola cheese sandwich in Joyce's "Ulysses" (1922) to the boeuf en daube in Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and beyond, food often emerges in prominent moments in literary modernism. This panel seeks to investigate such moments of 'modernist cuisine.'

Possible areas of inquiry include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: How are sensations of taste, gustatory pleasure, and disgust prefigured in modernism? How are 20th century shifts in food culture imagined as impacting the 'modern,' corporeal subject? How are the potentialities of industrialization, the austerity of wartime rationing, and the ingestion of colonial foods envisioned? What function do scenes of cooking, dining, and even excreting serve? What might an understanding of food within literary modernism mean for an understanding of contemporary food policies?

Please send 300-500 word abstracts and a brief bio to Kate Nash ( with "Modernism and Cuisine" as the subject. Please include your name, affiliation, email address, and any A/V requirements ($10 fee with registration).

Deadline: September 30, 2013

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.