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ERIC Number: EJ788861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Food Memoirs: What They Are, Why They Are Popular, and Why They Belong in the Literature Classroom
Waxman, Barbara Frey
College English, v70 n4 p363-383 Mar 2008
This essay examines the kind of culinary memoir that chronicles the growth and development of the memoirist through the lens of food memories, in narratives that either begin with childhood or that interpose frequent flashbacks to earliest formative experiences. The author examines some of the key elements of this subgenre of the memoir, this specific literary practice within the general category of food writing. She looks into how authors construct their identities in relation to memory, family, and culture in these texts. How these narratives trace the evolution of identity through food experiences and food symbolism is also an aspect of her exploration. Finally, she considers some potentially powerful effects that this kind of food writing may have on readers, especially students, and argues for the food memoir's place in the literature classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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