An Endless Feast: The Joy of Food Writing

Spring 2017

FRPG 2059
Instructor: Paul Graham
Meeting days/times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

What do we write about when we write about that most appealing of topics, food? We write about memory; about culture; about travel; about the familiar, the strange, and the thin barrier in between. We write about ourselves, about others, and the place where we all meet, which is at the table. This FYS examines food literature from across the world and throughout history, from a variety of countries, cultures, and by authors with big appetites, picky tastes, and fearless eating habits. Instead of considering food from a sociological, environmental, or historical perspective, we will critically analyze the literary genre of gastronomy, which is just a fancy word for food-writing. In addition to writing a research paper on any aspect of food culture that interests us, we will also do some original food-writing of our own. This class will also include a cooking component.

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