UPDATE: CFP: Food in American Literature Proposals due December 24, 2021

deadline for submissions: 
December 24, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart/Saint Martin's University

UPDATE: CFP: Food in American Literature

Proposals due December 24, 2021


We are well along in the peer review process with a university press with favorable evaluations. In order to further bolster our collection, however, at this point we are looking only for proposals addressing the following:

  • Food and one or more contemporary (last 20 years) African American texts;
  • Food and one or more queer literary texts;
  • Food and a 19th century American literary text.

For more detailed information on what to send, please see our original CFP below. Thank you.


It seems as if food runs our lives. And, indeed, it might. Sure, we need to eat to survive, but we all know that food is usually so much more. Food is sometimes glorious. Yet, food can also be a periodic or daily struggle, to acquire, to prepare, to consume. Food is something many of us somehow take for granted, even as we struggle with deciding what to eat every day…indeed, multiple times a day!  Food is also identity and culture; it is narrative and story. Food is gain and loss; comfort and distress; extravagance and austerity; colonialism and imperialism; and on and on. We are seeking essays on the narrative, cultural, ideological, and political issues relating to food and American literature for a new collection of essays. 


Given the ubiquity of food in our bodies and our stories and our culture(s), it is no surprise, then, that from the very beginnings of literature, the representation of food has been an important contributing narrative factor in countless (con)texts. Sometimes food is merely present because literature is about people and people must eat. But sometimes—often—food in literature is something much more. Food has the ability to propel a narrative, to describe a character, to undergird a plot to...

Significant food in literature—that is, food that is integral to the narrative being told—is worthy of further analysis. The goal of this edited collection, then, is to encourage an in-depth, multivalent, relevant, and current conversation regarding the intersection of tboth food and American literature. Submission details below.


Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and a CV (abbreviated is fine) by December 24, 2021. Email MS Word documents to both of us by December 24 at (Jeff Birkenstein jbirkenstein@stmartin.edu & Robert Hauhart rhauhart@stmartin.edu). Also, of course, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. In advance, thank you for your interesting ideas; we look forward to learning from you.

Thank you.

Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington, USA  98503