Calling Modernist Foodies!
Co-editors: Adam Fajardo, Philip Keel Geheber, and Jessica Martell
Food is a crossroads that links a number of perennial modernist concerns: aesthetics, authenticity, culture, commodification, empire, hunger, hygiene, interiority, mass production, nutrition, politics, standardization, tradition, and others. We invite proposals for 5000-6000 word chapters that explore the representation of food — at any phase from production to consumption — in modernist literatures and cultures. We seek essays that generate new possibilities for understanding the relationship between modernist aesthetics and food cultures in a globalizing world, and that further the ongoing interrogation of modernism’s geographical and temporal borders.
Because the twentieth century heralded the rise of truly globalized food chains, this collection aims to be transnational in scope, although individual chapters may certainly operate within national borders. We welcome previously unpublished essays that encompass a diverse range of concerns and methodologies in their explorations of cross-cultural contact and/or global systems of production and supply chains. While the editors’ research interests are primarily grounded in literature, we would also be interested in essays that employ interdisciplinary approaches or explore other modernist media, such as the visual arts or performance.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-depictions of dining and meals in modernist works
-salons and socialization
-the presentation of farming, agriculture, and rural life
-food marketing, commodification, and supply chains
-hygiene, legislation, and public health
-psychology, interiority, intimacy, or identity
-malnutrition, starvation, rationing, hunger strikes
-transnational and transcultural signification of food
-material culture and developing food technologies
Interested authors should send a 500-word proposal firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2016. Submissions should be attached as MS Word documents or PDFs. Please provide a short biography. Notification of acceptance will be given by June 1, 2016. Completed chapters will be due by Dec 31, 2016. Please note the accepted abstract does not guarantee inclusion in the volume, which will also consider the quality of the final chapter.