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Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics

Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics

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Edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite


E-book (Other formats: Paperback)
8 illustrations

Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms


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“From discussions of narrative-focused methodologies and food texts as political artifacts, to culinary practices’ influence on definitions of ‘feminist’ lenses then and now, to cooking and consumption behaviors as intentional and tacit contributors to value systems, to the impact of food on sociocultural attitudes toward female physicality, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics demonstrates how a rhetorical approach uniquely can encompass all things food.”—Adrienne Lamberti, author of Talking the Talk: Revolution in Agricultural Communication

Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics poses significant questions about the gendered history of cooking; about representations of food across time, cultures, and genres; and about the intimate link between eating and embodiment. The diversity of theoretical approaches and historiographic methodologies ensures readers will find much to feast on in these pages.”—Jane Greer, editor of Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present Moment

The contributors to this book cogently demonstrate how food—its preparation, history, and representation—is imbued with relations of power: how in some instances it can reinforce limiting gender roles and racial inequality on the one hand but on the other can offer creative possibilities for breaking down social inequalities. This is a must-read for any scholar interested in how food can be transformative.”—Rebecca Dingo, author of Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing

"The authors in this essay collection ask themselves how female voices, frequently silenced in history, can be heard in unprecedented ways if we look at the way they expressed themselves around cooking, eating, and thinking about food. Who tells a story has the power to determine its meaning, and plenty of stories can be told through food. As Goldthwaite states in the introduction to the volume, “messages we receive can shape the way we view, define, and feel about food, ourselves and others."--Fabio Parasecoli, The New School