Bon Appétit: Food on Page and Screen

From the dietary laws codified in religious scripture to the present-day obsession with competitive cooking shows and mukbang videos on YouTube, it is clear that food has much more than mere biological significance. Sampling an assortment of food-themed literature, film, and TV, we will examine how writers, thinkers, and artists have used food to consider the human experience. Examining key metaphors of taste, hunger, and consumption, we will explore issues including racial, gender, and class inequality; the dangers of industrial meat production; and the political unconscious of food porn. On the menu: snippets from the Bible and the Qur’an; the films Ratatouille and The Lunchbox; writing by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, John Lanchester, Ruth Ozeki, and Brian Wood; and the Netflix adaptation of Samurai Gourmet.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the ways that food has been used to express and debate cultural phenomena
  • Familiarity with a range of films, television shows, and written work centering on food

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • Those with a love of food, travel, or film
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