Food Writings in American Literature--MLA 2011--Abstract Deadline 3/15/10

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Julia Ehrhardt
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This is a special session for the 2011 MLA: Food Writings in American Fiction. Session explores literary connections and linkages between food writings such as cookbooks, recipe compilations, diet guides, etc. and American fiction. How have American authors incorporated contemporaneous food writings into their fiction? How are the generic conventions of food writing evident in works of American literature? Are there trademark stylistic and thematic emphases in food writing by American fiction writers? Papers may cover all periods but should treat specific authors and/or works.