Thursday, June 08, 2006


CFP:Food and Eating: Ecofeminist Perspectives in 19th-Century Italian and European Literature

Call for Papers for Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA),

March 1-4, 2007, Baltimore, Maryland

Food and Eating: Ecofeminist Perspectives in 19th-Century Italian and European Literature

This panel invites papers that examine the role of food, eating, and hunger in 19th-century Italian and European literature and culture, in particular, from an Ecofeminist perspective. The panel asks these questions: how do food, eating, and hunger, for example, in Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, elide gender and/or species constructs and how does such an elision reflect the construction of nation? How do food paradigms, hierarchies, and consumption reinforce or challenge the androcentric and anthropocentric thinking of dominant culture during industrialization and unification? Although food, eating, and the status of animals have become the subject of vigorous, critical inquiry in contemporary

Italian and American culture (for example, Mad Cow Disease, Foodism, the Slow Food Movement, and Vegetarianism) and consumption and cannibalism have sparked provocative, academic debate in postcolonial studies, the realm of the alimentary is seldom approached in 19th-century literature as a construct of species or from an Ecofeminist viewpoint. Various critical and theoretical approaches and methodologies, including cross-cultural viewpoints, are welcome, even if applications of Ecofeminist theory are preferred.

Readings of noncanonical as well as canonical texts are also welcome.
David Del Principe, Department of Spanish and Italian, Dickson Hall 367,
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043.

Send one-page abstract via e-mail only by Sept. 15, 2006 to:

Dr. David Del Principe
Assistant Professor of Italian
Dickson Hall 367
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043-1699
973.655.7499 Voice

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