Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics Synopsis
Inspired by the need for interpretations and critiques of the varied messages surrounding what and how we eat, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics collects eighteen essays that demonstrate the importance of food and food-related practices as sites of scholarly study, particularly from feminist rhetorical perspectives.
Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics Press Reviews
From discussions of narrative-focused methodologies and food texts as political artifacts, to culinary practices' influence on definitions of 'feminist' lenses then and now, to cooking and consumption behaviors as intentional and tacit contributors to value systems, to the impact of food on sociocultural attitudes toward female physicality, Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics demonstrates how a rhetorical approach uniquely can encompass all things food. --Adrienne Lamberti, author of Talking the Talk: Revolution in Agricultural Communication Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics poses significant questions about the gendered history of cooking; about representations of food across time, cultures, and genres; and about the intimate link between eating and embodiment. The diversity of theoretical approaches and historiographic methodologies ensures readers will find much to feast on in these pages. --Jane Greer, editor of Girls and Literacy in America: Historical Perspectives to the Present Moment The contributors to this book cogently demonstrate how food--its preparation, history, and representation--is imbued with relations of power: how in some instances it can reinforce limiting gender roles and racial inequality on the one hand but on the other can offer creative possibilities for breaking down social inequalities. This is a must-read for any scholar interested in how food can be transformative. --Rebecca Dingo, author of Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing The authors in this essay collection ask themselves how female voices, frequently silenced in history, can be heard in unprecedented ways if we look at the way they expressed themselves around cooking, eating, and thinking about food. Who tells a story has the power to determine its meaning, and plenty of stories can be told through food. As Goldthwaite states in the introduction to the volume, messages we receive can shape the way we view, define, and feel about food, ourselves and others. --Fabio Parasecoli, The New School Goldthwaite has written a very promising entree into the contributions of an immense category of women rhetors. Goldthwaite suggests countless novel directions for scholars impatiently awaiting the reclamation of Rhetorica. Major themes of the collection include recipes, feminist food-writing, food-related practices, and bodies and culture...Goldthwaite has offered her readers a very rare dish--joyful scholarship. -- A.R. Richards, Kennesaw State University The book also serves as an important reminder of how the narrative can be an invaluable source of feminist knowledge and sociopolitical critique. Telling our story can be a powerful and creative way to bear witness and to inform others of who we are and how we live. --Nancy Williams, Hypatia