#SaturdaySchool 4/13 co-host Angela Jill Cooley Ph.D @FoodandRace #Foodways

Bio: Angela Jill Cooley @FoodandRace is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. In this position, she collaborates with the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) to develop curriculum that complements the SFA’s mission to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Starting in Fall 2013, she will serve as the Postdoctoral Research Associate in Food Studies at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she will coordinate with the Chicago Area Food Studies Working Group. She completed a Ph.D. in History at the University of Alabama where she wrote her dissertation on how twentieth-century regional foodways reflected a modernizing and urbanizing South.Foodways #SaturdaySchool



    • How do scholars study foodways? Are they interested in the food itself or the processes surrounding food?

      • Examining the food itself is part of food studies. White bread can symbolize middle-class hegemony. #SaturdaySchool

      • Fried chicken can represent black stereotype & empowerment. #SaturdaySchool

        • Sugar can tell the story of European empire & transAtlantic slavery. #SaturdaySchool











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    Thanks so much for mentioning our book, The Maid Narratives. When we did the interviews we weren’t really thinking so much about food, more about the norms of segregation and relationships (mistress/maid) but it really struck me as I read them back how distinctly the black women remember the smells and sights of the southern food. The white narrators also talk nostalgically of the Creole cooks in New Orleans. Two of us who authored the book are hoping to come to Ole Miss in October to be a part of a special program on food. Please check out The Maid Narratives Facebook for some photos of our narrators.

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