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LS 20E

Edible Stories: Representing California Food Culture

Arts and Literature

Focusing on California writers and artists, this course will include a wide range of food-related texts and images in order to explore the relationship between representation, interpretation and cultural identity. Students will examine fiction, film, photography, food memoirs, paintings, advertising, cookbooks and television to help them think critically about issues of form, medium and audience. Assignments will help students develop “humanities” skills such as writing personal essays, doing cultural “close readings,” analyzing literary and visual representations, and organizing and writing materials and web designs that contribute to larger conversations about California, food and representation.

Kathleen Moran faculty profile
Kathleen Moran (American Studies)

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2019
  • Fall 2016