Sunday, November 8, 2009
Food and Literature Course
The course description has been approved -- all I have to do now is finalize my book list! Next semester I will be teaching five sections of English 102 (Composition and Literature II -- basically an intro. to lit. class avec research and more substantial academic writing), and one of them will be devoted to food. It's called "Food and Ethics," and will cover a range of topics from identity and the cultural narratives attached to food, to current concerns about agriculture, sustainability, obesity and whatnot, to cannibalism ("A Modest Proposal" is a fantastic use of an eating metaphor for the purpose of raising consciousness about a socio-political issue. ).
But, I kinda haven't really read everything I'm thinking about teaching, and I'm starting to panic a little because I need to order books SOON. Here's a list of everything I'm considering. Please, if you have read any of the following, leave me your suggestions, comments and ideas:
* Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
* Julia Child's My Life in France
* Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
* Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate
* Joanne Harris's Chocolat
* Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma
* Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation
* Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"