Inspired by the need for interpretations and critiques of the varied messages surrounding what and how we eat, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics collects eighteen essays that demonstrate the importance of food and food-related practices as sites of scholarly study, particularly from feminist rhetorical perspectives. Contributors analyze messages about food and bodies—from what a person watches and reads to where that person shops—taken from sources mundane and literary, personal and cultural. This collection begins with analyses of the historical, cultural, and political implications of cookbooks and recipes; explores definitions of feminist food writing; and ends with a focus on bodies and cultures—both self-representations and representations of others for particular rhetorical purposes. The genres, objects, and practices contributors study are varied—from cookbooks to genre fiction, from blogs to food systems, from product packaging to paintings—but the overall message is the same: food and its associated practices are worthy of scholarly attention.
About the Author
Melissa A. Goldthwaite is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University. She has published six books, including The St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching Writing, seventh edition, and Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, and numerous articles.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Preparation and Ingredients: An Introduction to Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics Melissa A. Goldthwaite Part I. Purposeful Cooking: Recipes for Historiography, Thrift, and Peace 1. Writing Recipes, Telling Histories: Cookbooks as Feminist Historiography Carrie Helms Tippen 2. The Embodied Rhetoric of Recipes Jennifer Cognard-Black. 3. Understanding the Significance of “Kitchen Thrift” in Prescriptive Texts about Food Jennifer E. Courtney 4. Promoting Peace, Subverting Domesticity: Cookbooks against War, 1968–83 Abby Dubisar Part II. Defining Feminist Food Writing 5. The Meaning of a Meal: M. F. K. Fisher and Gastronomical Kairos Erin Branch 6. Feminist Culinary Autobiographies: Batterie de Cuisine to Peaceable Kingdom Lynn Z. Bloom 7. From Street Food to Digital Kitchens: Toward a Feminist Rhetoric of Culinary Tourism (or, How Not to Devour Paris and Eat Your Way through Asia) Kristin Winet Part III. Rhetorical Representations of Food-Related Practices 8. Not Your Father’s Family Farm: Toward Transformative Rhetorics of Food and Agriculture Abby Wilkerson 9. Baklava as Home: Exile and Arab Cooking in Diana Abu-Jaber’s Novel Crescent Arlene Voski Avakian 10. Feeling Good and Eating Well: Race, Gender, and Affect in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meat Winona Landis 11. Sugar and Spice: Cooking with the Girl Poisoner Sylvia A. Pamboukian 12. Boxed Wine Feminisms: The Rhetoric of Women’s Wine Drinking in The Good Wife Tammie M. Kennedy Part IV. Rhetorical Representations of Bodies and Cultures 13. The Commodification of Mexican Women on Mexican Food Packaging Consuelo Carr Salas 14. Feeding the Self: Representations of Nourishment and Female Bodies in Holocaust Art Alexis Baker 15. Evolving Ana: Inviting Recovery Morgan Gresham 16. Reconstructing the Female Food-Body: Profanity, Purity, and the Bakhtinian Grotesque in Skinny Bitch Rebecca Ingalls 17. Gusto and Grace: Two Fat Ladies and the Rhetorical Construction of a Fat Culinary Ethos Sara Hillin 18. Deconstructing the Plus-Size Female Sleuth: Fat Positive Discourse, Rhetorical Excess, and Cultural Constructions of Femininity in Cozy Crime Fiction Elizabeth Lowry Contributors Index