CFP: [General] Rich Stews: Food, Culture and Literature. October 23 2007

full name / name of organization: 
Francesca Canadé Sautman
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On Tuesday, October 23, 2007, the Ph.D. Program in French and the Henri
Peyre French Institute at The Graduate Center of CUNY will convene a
colloquium entitled Rich Stews: Food, Culture, and Literature.


This colloquium is part of a Memorial in honor of the late Alex Szogyi,
professor of many years at CUNY, who was a widely known 17th-century
scholar, specializing in the theater of Racine and the work of La
Fontaine, as well as a translator, food critic and historian and a
talented concert pianist. Among his many accomplishments, Professor
Szogyi edited a volume on the history and representation of chocolate â€"
Chocolate: Food of the Gods (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997). This
colloquium, held at The Graduate Center from 12 to 5, on October 23rd,
commemorates his work in the field of food history.


We invite short (no longer than 20-minute) papers on any aspect of this
field, most broadly defined, in its relationship to the arts and
literature, or its function in culture, especially but not solely,
focusing on France in any period, including French literature, French
cinema, and the connections between food and music.


Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-aspects of food history in relation to a given cultural question

-food and music

-food history read against/with literary texts

-food and painting

-food and science

-food symbolism in the oeuvre of a given author or group of texts

-food imagery as a cipher for reading the work of an author or a group of

-food themes in a literary movement or period

-food as allegory in film or literature

-theorizing food as a critical tool

-food, cuisine, gastronomy

-food extolled, food silenced

-unspeakable food and the literary work

-feast and famine


Please send a title and a few lines of description, by September 14th, to
both colloquium conveners: Professor Jeanine Parisier Plottel
( and Professor Francesca Canadé Sautman

Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 19th.


The Graduate Center of the City University of New York is located at 365
5th avenue (intersection of 34th street and 5th avenue) in Manhattan.

For further information about the Commemoration on October 23rd, contact
the conveners or call 212-817-8365.

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