UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Edited Collection

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Lisa DeTora
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Foodsumptions: Fun, Games, and the Politics of What We Eat

In It Must Have Been Something I Ate, Jeffrey Steingarten notes that
writing about food should always be fun. But is it? In millennia of
writing, food has been taken as a topic in religious, health, political,
professional, and popular texts. This writing can be instructive,
educational, entertaining, polemical, antagonistic, technical, or
reflective. The current popularity of the Food Network, cooking programs
and contests, like The Next Food Network Star, indicate that writing,
thinking, and speaking about food currently occupy an important place in
the public imagination.

The editors seek scholarly submissions of 8,000-10,000 words, inclusive of
footnotes and bibliographic material, discussing some aspect of food
writing for an edited book collection. Proposals (500-1000 words) and full
papers will be considered. Initial electronic submissions by August 30 are
requested to co-editors Risa P. Gorelick (rgorelic_at_ramapo.edu) or Lisa
DeTora (detoral_at_lafayette.edu), with final papers to be delivered by
November 30 (Chicago Style, 14th edition, footnotes). Please include a
brief CV.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

· Eating and family

· Holiday eating

· Religion and food

· Cookbooks (regional, local, specialty, or national)

· Food and ethics

· Farming and food

· Corn and biodiversity

· Crops and energy

· Diets

· Food and film

· Television and food

· Personal writing and food

· MFK Fisher

· Personalities in Food

· Iron Chef

· Food Network

· Zagat guides

· Food science

Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Director of First Year
Writing, Ramapo College of New Jersey, School of American and International
Studies, Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680, rgorelic_at_ramapo.edu

Lisa DeTora, Ph.D., Department of English, Assistant Director of the
College Writing Program, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042,

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