Food Matters in Literature and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Digital Literature Review
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Submissions are now open for the 2020-2021 issue of the Digital Literature Review, “Food Matters in Literature and Culture.” We welcome original, engaging submissions that consider representations of food in literature, film, television, or popular culture. In particular, we are interested in scholarly essays that consider food as a vehicle for exploring issues of inequity and empowerment, including but not limited to race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, and nationality. For example, how does food function as an expression of identity, as well as a common language bridging sociocultural, political, and economic gaps? Alternatively, how do writers, directors, and artists use food or the lack thereof as a symbol of current and historical inequities and traumas? We also welcome submissions that examine representations of food within the context of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

We expect essay submissions to be well-researched and to contribute to an on-going scholarly conversation. Submissions should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words and adhere to MLA citation and formatting guidelines, including using double spacing and 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Essays should also be submitted as a Word document. For formatting examples, see this past issue of the Digital Literature Review. Please direct any questions and send submissions to All submissions are due by Friday, January 15, 2021.