>Food and Film: Presentations (20 minute maximum) are
>invited for panels on Food and Film at the April 4-6
>American Comparative Literature Assoc. meeting at Cal
>State San Marcos. Iím thinking of these topics, but
>am open to others as well:
>1) Old Movies, New Insights: How does a focus on food
>allow us to see old films in new waysówhether adding
>perceptions about genre and movie production,
>historical and social issues of the time, racial,
>gender, religious, and other cultural forces at work
>in the film(s)?
>2) Food in Focus: Why would a director make food a
>central character? What power accrues to the
>narrative, thematic material, and visual product from
>3) Cooking Up Culture: Discussions of cultural
>construction through moviesí food imagery and
>representation. Core issues may be culture clashes,
>old vs. new enactments of cultural norms, colonial or
>4) She Is What She Eats (or Cooks): Discussions of
>films that present images/narratives of women
>expressing their emotions, powers, fears, and longings
>through the relationship to food. When are such
>depictions stereotyped, essentializing, or
>sentimental? When do they create meaningful
>psychological, spiritual, and emotional insights?
>Please indicate whether or not you will require video
>equipment and if so, how many minutes of your
>presentation will be devoted to film clip(s).
>Send 300 word proposals to Anne Bower, Assoc. Prof.,
>English; Ohio State University-Marion, 1465 Mt. Vernon
>Ave., Marion OH 43302 or to [log in to unmask] --
>deadline for proposals is Sept. 27th.