FOOD AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN THE EARLY MODERN AND THE 20TH-21ST CENTURIES UTOPIAN LITERATURE AND IMAGINATION
In Food and the Literary Imagination, Archer, Turley & Thomas argue that “[f]ood, the future of food, cannot be left to governments, banks and supermarkets. Food and its future are the responsibility of poets, dramatists, novelists, artists and us all” (2014: 165). At a time when food systems in our world are breaking down, it is relevant to look at past food crises and see how utopian writers have imaginatively engaged with food issues.
This seminar will offer an insight into food as a political issue and into the human experience of food. Conceptually working at the intersection of Food Studies and Utopian Studies, the seminar will propose a collaborative research study of a selection of chapters of utopian texts ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, endeavouring to go beyond food’s most obvious implications by unveiling the stories of migration, assimilation and resistance by which they may have been framed.
The seminar will bridge utopian strategies for solving food crises over the past 500 years with projects that are nowadays being put into practice, although at a micro-level, as reported by recent film documentaries.