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Critical Approaches to Food and Drinks in Literature, 24-25 November 2023, University of Bucharest

Call for Papers 

Critical Approaches to Food and Drinks in Literature

24-25 November 2023, University of Bucharest

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures 

Food and drinks are more than just basic necessities for our survival; they have served as cultural markers that reflect our history, traditions, and aspirations. Recent interdisciplinary research has revealed the intricate processes involved in the production, distribution, consumption, and recycling of food, shedding light on its impact on individuals, societies, and the environment. This heightened awareness has led to a general interest in the representations of edible material in literature among writers, literary scholars, and cultural theorists alike. By exploring the literary significance of food, we gain a deeper understanding of its cultural and social implications, making it an essential subject of study for anyone concerned with the intricacies of human culture.

Although food studies have traditionally been seen as more fitting in disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, and geography, recent shifts in cultural and social attitudes have brought the study of food and drinks to the forefront of scholarly research. With the rise of feminist waves, the postcolonial turn, the technologization and politicization of food, and the expansion of food movements, there has been a better understanding of the importance of food in shaping our identity. As a result, scholarly research on food has become increasingly respected, with literature now being recognized as an important field of study for exploring the multifaceted role of nourishment in society.

Within this framework, researchers are invited to explore the way in which literature – prose, poetry, drama, folklore, religious texts, and graphic narratives – illustrates our complex relationship with food and drinks. Given the growing interest in the cross-cultural influences of gastronomy, literature has the potential to offer valuable insights into the ways different cultures approach cooking and eating. Key questions to explore may include who prepares and consumes food, what, where, when, and how food is produced and consumed, and the broader implications of these practices for individuals and society. Ultimately, literature has the power to reveal new perspectives and offer innovative solutions to the challenges we face in our ongoing engagement with nutrition.

Authors who would like to participate online or onsite are invited to send a 250-word abstractfive keywords, a short bibliography, and a 100-word bio to the panel organizers, Monica Manolachi, monica.manolachi@lls.unibuc.ro, and Lorena Mihăeş, lorena.mihaes@lls.unibuc.ro, by 1 November 2023.

Participation fee: 100 RON (teaching staff) / 50 RON (students). Details about payment and accommodation will be provided to the contributors at a later date.

A selection of articles based on the presentations will be published in a themed volume or a highly indexed academic journal. See this Specialized Bibliography or below for recent publications in the field.




Adolph, Andrea. (2009) Food and Femininity in Twentieth-Century British Women's Fiction. Ashgate.

Aoyama, Tomoko. (2008) Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature. University of Hawai'i Press.

Bernardi, Claudia, Francesca Calamita, Daniele De Feo, eds. (2020) Food and Women in Italian Literature, Culture and Society. Bloomsbury.

Highfield, Jonathan B., ed. (2017) Food and Foodways in African Narratives. Routledge.

Boyce, Charlotte and Joan Fitzpatrick. (2017) A History of Food in Literature: From the Fourteenth Century to the Present. Routledge.

Carruth, Allison. (2017) Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food. CUP.

Christou, Maria. Eating Otherwise: the Philosophy of Food in Twentieth-Century Literature. CUP.

Coghlan, J. Michelle, ed. (2020) The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Food. CUP.

Daniel, Carolyn. (2006) Voracious Children. Routledge.

Cozzi, Annette. (2010) The Discourses of Food in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan.

Dalessio, William R. (2012) Are We What We Eat? Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature. Cambria Press.

Gladwin, Derek, ed. (2019) Gastro-modernism: Food, Literature, Culture. Clemson UP.

Goldstein, David B. (2013) Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England. CUP.

Humble, Nicola. (2020) The Literature of Food: An Introduction from 1830 to Present. Bloomsbury.

Kaufman, Alexander L., Penny Vlagopoulos. (2019) Food and Feast in Modern Outlaw Tales. Routledge.

Keeling, Kara K., Scott T. Pollard, eds. (2009) Critical Approaches to Food in Children's Literature. Routledge.

LeBlanc, Ronald D. (2009) Slavic Sins of the Flesh: Food, Sex, and Carnal Appetite in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction. University of New Hampshire Press.

Mannur, Anita. (2010) Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture. Temple UP. 

Moss, Sarah. (2009) Spilling the Beans: Eating, Cooking, Reading and Writing in British Women's Fiction, 1770–1830. Manchester UP.

Palma, Pina. (2013) Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: the Metaphors of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature. University of Notre Dame Press.

Pascual Soler, Nieves, Meredith E. Abarca, eds. (2013) Rethinking Chicana/o Literature Through Food: Postnational Appetites. Palgrave Macmillan.

Piatti-Farnell, Lorna, Donna Lee Brien, eds. (2018) The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food. Routledge.

Ridley Elmes, Melissa, Kristin Bovaird-Abbo. (2021) Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales. Routledge.

Scott-Warren, Jason, Andrew Zurcher, eds. (2018) Text, Food and the Early Modern Reader. Routledge.

Shahani, Gitanjali G., ed. (2018) Food and Literature. CUP.

Tigner, Amy L., Allison Carruth. (2018) Literature and Food Studies. Routledge.

Xu, Wenying. (2008) Eating Identities: Reading Food in Asian American Literature. University of Hawai'i Press.

Yue, Isaac, Siufu Tang, eds. (2013) Scribes of Gastronomy: Representations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature. Hong Kong UP.