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Literatures of the Americas

Rethinking Chicana/o Literature through Food

Postnational Appetites

Editors: Pascual Soler, Nieves, Abarca, M. (Eds.)

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As Food Studies has grown into a well-established field, literary scholars have not fully addressed the prevalent themes of food, eating, and consumption in Chicana/o literature. Here, contributors propose food consciousness as a paradigm to examine the literary discourses of Chicana/o authors as they shift from the nation to the postnation.

About the authors

Meredith E. Abarca, University of Texas, El Paso, USA Paul Allatson, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia Laura P. Alonso Gallo, Barry University, Miami, USA Suzanne Bost, Loyola University, Chicago, USA Norma E. Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA Norma L. Cárdenas, Oregon State University, USA Elizabeth Lee Steere, University of West Georgia, USA Mimi Reisel Gladstein, University of Texas, El Paso, USA Nieves Pascual, University of Jaén, Spain Heather Salter, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, USA Edith Vásquez, Pitzer College, USA Irene Vásquez, University of New Mexico, USA

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"Editors Nieves Pascual Soler and Meredith E. Abarca offer in their collection, Rethinking Chicana/o Literature through Food: Postnational Appetites, a cornucopia of exceptional essays that apply their newly constructed theoretical paradigm based on food and food consciousness in the analysis and hermeneutics of Chicano/a literary production. The authors brilliantly posit that food preparation and consumption extant in literary discourse is a vehicle of communication encoding various acts of rebellion against marginalization and exclusion in a patriarchal nation. Foodways, Soler and Abarca splendidly and provocatively assert, provide a means of 'redefining subjectivities in postnational cultures.' This is a must-read scholarly work for those interested in the construction of national and postnational subjectivities." - María Herrera-Sobek, Associate Vice Chancellor, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

"Covering a diverse range of writers and texts, this collection is a valuable contribution to food studies and literary scholarship that has overlooked the presence of food and consumption in Chicana/o writing. Abarca and Pascual Soler provide a much-needed study on how food in Chicana/o literature creates and represents consciousness/concientización, thus shifting the Anzaldúan border paradigm from an 'open wound' to an 'open mouth.' A study like this was long overdue." - Cristina Herrera, Associate Professor of Chicano and Latin American Studies, California State University, Fresno, USA


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Abarca, Meredith E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Diabetes, Culture, and Food: Posthumanist Nutrition in the Gloria Anzaldúa Archive

    Bost, Suzanne

    Pages 27-43

  • Bologna Tacos and Kitchen Slaves: Food and Identity in Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo

    Salter, Heather

    Pages 45-60

  • Food Journeys in Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation and Woman Hollering Creek

    Cárdenas, Norma L.

    Pages 61-75

  • “Because Feeding Is the Beginning and End”: Food Politics in Ana Castillo’s So Far from God

    Steere, Elizabeth Lee

    Pages 79-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Chicana/o Literature through Food
Book Subtitle
Postnational Appetites
Editors
  • Nieves Pascual Soler
  • M. Abarca
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Nieves Pascual Soler and Meredith E. Abarca
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37144-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137371447
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37859-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47835-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 240
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