Food Narratives
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3346
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Food Studies
  • Fiction
"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others," M.F.K. Fisher wrote in The Art of Eating. The best food writing is not just about what's on the plate but, like all good literature, deals with language, psychology, and the pressing issues of the day. This course is a guided exploration of the gastronomic essay, memoir, travelogue, short story, poem, blog post, and restaurant review. Each week, students write short exercises designed to build toward longer pieces of memoir or fiction. The diversity of food writing is explored through a reading list that includes Grimod de La Reynière, Claudia Roden, Brillat-Savarin, Bill Buford, Jessica Harris, Michael Pollan, Mark Kurlansky, and David Foster Wallace. Several well-known food writers are expected to visit the class.
Course Open to: Majors Only