[Msa-discuss] CFP: 7/15 Deadline: M/m Print-Plus, "Eating Modernity, Digesting Modernism"

Fri May 12 14:55:45 EDT 2017

Call for Papers: Eating Modernity, Digesting Modernism

A prospective peer-reviewed cluster for the Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform

Edited by Catherine Keyser

Proposed titles/abstracts: July 15, 2017

Brief essays due December 15, 2017

How does food make modernism, and how does modernism make food? The former question spans theme and form, sensorium and psychoanalysis, colonialism and corporatism. The latter continues to ignite the culinary sphere, as is borne out in Nathan Myhrvold’s recent cookbook trilogy, Modernist Cuisine (2011), Modernist Cuisine at Home (2013), and Modernist Bread (2017). Though molecular gastronomy may seem a far cry from the Proustian madeleine, the historical convergence of the rise of flavor science and modernist cultural production exposes their parallel investment in formal experiment and mutable bodies, human and nonhuman. At the same time, recurring anxieties about food adulteration in the early twentieth century and beyond reveal the anxious monitoring of bodily borders, gender roles, heterosexual reproduction, and racial categories.

This cluster of conference-length position papers will constitute a virtual round table on food studies and its current or potential role in interdisciplinary modernist studies. Possible topics might include queer alimentarity and critical eating studies; dietetics and biopolitics; the literature of food and generic hybrids; material assemblages and ecologies; (post)colonialism and racialization; the gendering of cooking and eating; affect and sensory studies; addiction and fat studies; periodical culture and consumerism; globalization and transportation.

Please send titles and 500-word abstracts to Catherine Keyser (catkeyser at sc.edu<mailto:catkeyser at sc.edu>) by July 15, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed and decisions made by August 1, and the essays will be due by December 15, 2017.

Catherine Keyser
Associate Professor
Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow
English Department
University of South Carolina
John Welsh Humanities Bldg.
1620 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208
catkeyser at sc.edu

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