Cooking, Culture and Cannibalism
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 3516
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Cultural Studies
  • Media & Culture
  • Social Sciences
*Cooking, Culture & Cannabalism* [Track C] This course explores the essential role that food plays in our personal and public lives. Beginning with the phrase, "you are what you eat," the syllabus offers a cultural history of gastronomy, questioning the assumptions behind this expression, as well as tracing the various ways in which food functions as an open category, deployed in specifically coded ways (for instance, via gender, nation, ethnicity, etc.). Seminars begin with a focus on different culinary taboos, unpacking the cultural logic behind what "we" can eat, and what we can't eat. Then, having addressing metaphors of incorporation and consumption, they move to the primarily colonial trope of cannibalism, in order to ask what happens when such a fraught figure is transplanted into the contemporary metropolis. The notion of food as a cultural medium returns students full circle to the question of collective identity. [Track C]
Course Open to: Majors Only