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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Elizabeth Engelhardt - New Faculty Colloquium

Fri, May 6, 2005 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Gebauer 3.312

In the conversations women share and the letters, diaries, novels, and short stories women write, food works as a code to communicate messages about morals, religion, individualism, and education.

Although everyone must eat, which might suggest food transcends gender, the histories of women and food mean that, on the contrary, food is richly gendered. As ideas of community, region, and nation hang together and fall apart, shifting in meaning depending on who is talking, local people in local places are shaped by and participate in shaping the local, national, and global societies in which they live; this is the cultural work of societies. For women, especially, food does this cultural work. Breaking the codes of food begins with its uses, preparations, and costs but ends with the social histories of race, class, gender, and place that hide in the recipes, ingredients, and food practices we embrace. In this presentation, through a conversation about corn bread, biscuits, greens, and ginseng, we will explore the decades around 1900 and the communities of the US South.

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