Call for Papers: Eating in Eden: Food in American Utopias
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Call for Papers
Eating in Eden: Food in American Utopias
The production, preparation, ingestion, and avoidance of food and drink have served as primary vehicles by which individuals and communities have defined themselves and attempted to translate their utopian ideals into tangible reality. In America, some have encouraged consumption of the Edenic abundance; others have recognized the need to refrain from over-indulgence. Still others have seen America and its inhabitants in post-lapsarian terms, in need of reform.
The editors seek essays on the role of food in creating American utopias—ideological, physical, literary, spiritual, or otherwise. This interdisciplinary volume will have a broad historical scope, ranging from traditions of indigenous peoples to contemporary communes. Essays may consider the impact(s) of religious convictions, economic situations, gender roles, social organizations, marketplaces, geographies, or technologies upon food production and consumption, which have generated congruities and conflicts between the ideal and the real. The editors are especially interested in essays that make explicit and/or comment upon recent theories in food and culture studies.
Queries encouraged. Send 2-page abstracts and brief c.v.s by March 1, 2003.
Etta Madden, Associate Professor,
Department of English
Martha Finch, Assistant Professor,
Department of Religious Studies,
Southwest Missouri State University,
901 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO
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