Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARGS 831 - A Cultural History of Food from 1492 to the Present

3 credits
This course explores the cultural, economic, and geopolitical roles of food in world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Some of the topics we will discuss include: how the introduction of new foods (including spices, sugar, coffee, tea, chocolate) transformed empires and global trading networks; food as a site of cultural exchange and interaction; food practices as expressions and markers of identities based on race, class, gender, nationality, religion and community, and sexuality and body image; how wars, industrialization and other political upheavals transformed food production and consumption; the history of food retailing and public dining; the morality of eating and drinking; and the successes and failures of various movements to reform food production and consumption. This course will draw links between global questions and everyday life, gender and politics, social class and identity.  



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