American Folklore: Foodways

English 3700
Section 1
Virginia Muller
MWF 10:00-10:50

This course focuses on “foodways” — the traditional practices, customs, and meanings involving food. Although deceivingly mundane, food (and eating) is imbued with a great deal of significance beyond physical survival. “You are what you eat” is more than a light-hearted proverb. Food is used to define personal, familial, and communal identity. By examining the social, psychological, and historical dimensions of food (and drawing heavily upon film to do so), this course provides the necessary information to think more critically and analytically about contemporary American foodways.