WGS 3680 / ITTR 3680

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Foodscapes in Women’s Writing, Culture and Society

This course explores how Italian women writers have represented food in their short stories, novels and autobiographies in dialogue with the culture and society from late nineteenth century to the present. Looking how cooking and serving meals to others, while denying themselves the pleasure of eating, are depicted in Italian women’s writing helps us understand the role food and food-related-activities have played, and still play, in women’s lives. These lectures will offer a close reading of the symbolic meaning of food in narrative and the way it intersects with Italian women’s socio-cultural history and the feminist movement addressing issues of gender, identity and politics of the body. Taught in English. Satisfies the Second writing requirement.

Francesca Calamita