Thursday, March 13, 2008


UC Davis Course: Feminist Problematics in Studies of Food


WMS 200B: Problems in Feminist Research
Feminist Problematics in Studies of Food

Spring 2008
Friday 10:00a-12:50p
CRN# 66016

Professor Kimberly D. Nettles

This course takes as its starting point the study of food (as it intersects with studies of the body, production-consumption, identity formation, foodways, and representations of women) and asks: In what ways have feminist researchers expanded food studies to illuminate issues of power/control, silence/voice, and social and political inequalities in local and global spaces. Which feminist methodologies do they employ? Students in the course will engage in close readings of several recent texts, write weekly essays, participate in in-class discussions, and produce a final paper/project.


Meredith E. Abarca, Voices in the Kitchen: Views of Food and the World from Working-Class Mexican and Mexican American Women (2006)

Deborah Barndt, Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail, 2nd Edition (2008)

Lisa Heldke, Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (2003)

Becky Thompson, A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Eating Problems (1994)

Psyche Williams-Forson, Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power (2007)

We will also read selections from the following books:

Arlene Voski Avakian and Barbara Haber (eds.), From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food (2005)

Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik (eds.), Food and Culture: A Reader, 2nd Edition (2008)

Sherrie Inness (ed.), Pilaf, Pozole, and Pad Thai: American Women and Ethnic Food (2001)

Sherrie Inness (ed.), Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food (2001)

Doris Witt, Black Hunger: Food and the Politics of U.S. Identity (1999)

Wenying Xu, Eating Identities: Reading Food in Asian American Literature (2008)

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