Class-by-Class Schedule

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Introduction

Tuesday, August 19 – Overview I

  • Li Young Lee, “Persimmons,” from Rose (BOA Editions, 1986).

Thursday, August 21 – Overview II

Unit I: Eating and Identity (The Colonial Era)

Tuesday, August 26

Thursday, August 28

Tuesday, September 2

Thursday, September 4

Tuesday, September 9 – Blog Week 1

Thursday, September 11

Unit II: Culinary and Cultural Independence (The Revolutionary Era)

Tuesday, September 16 – Blog Week 2

Thursday, September 18

  • LAB: MEET AT ARCHIVES

Tuesday, September 23 – Blog Week 3

Thursday, September 25

  • Olaudah Equiano, excepts from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African (1789)
  • Peter Farb and George Armelogo, from Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating
  • LAB: Skype with Drs. Mitch Fraas and Katie Rawson, Penn Libraries

Tuesday, September 30 – Blog Week 4

Thursday, October 2 – NO CLASS MEETING, PROFESSOR AT UMEA UNIVERSITY

  • VIRTUAL LAB DAY: Begin midterm project

Tuesday, October 7 – Blog Week 5

Unit III: Food for Thought (The Early Republic)

Thursday, October 9

  • Lydia Maria Child, Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times (1824), through Chapter 6 <– book at bookstore
  • Roland Barthes, “Toward a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food Consumption,” originally published as “Vers une psycho-sociologie de l’alimentation moderne” in Annales: Économies, Sociétés, Civilisations 5 (1961).
  • LAB: Project proposal work session

Tuesday, October 14 – NO CLASS FALL BREAK

Thursday, October 16

  • Lydia Maria Child, Hobomok, through Chapter 13
  • In-class Critique with Penn Rare Books & Archives
  • DUE: MIDTERM PROJECT (analysis due via TSquare Sunday 10/19)

Tuesday, October 21

Thursday, October 23

  • Lydia Maria Child, “Introductory Chapter” to The Frugal Housewife, Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy (1829)
  • Mary Randolph, “Preface” and “Introduction” to The Virginia Housewife: or, Methodical Cook (1838)
  • OPTIONAL: Luce Girard, “The Nourishing Arts,” in The Practice of Everyday Life, eds. Michel de Certeau, Luce Girard, and Pierre Mayol, trans. Timothy Tomasik (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1998).
  • LAB: Evaluate / select recipe

Tuesday, October 28 – Blog Week 6

Unit IV:  Archives and Agency (Antebellum Era)

Thursday, October 30

Tuesday, November 4 – Blog Week 7

  • Frederick Douglass, from Narrative of the Life
  • Harriet Wilson, from Our Nig
  • OPTIONAL: Vincent Woodward, “A Tale of Hunger Retold,” from The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within U.S. Slave Culture (NYU, 2014).

Thursday, November 6 – VIRTUAL LAB DAY, PROFESSOR AT AMERICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE

  • LAB: Cook recipe

Tuesday, November 11 – Blog Week 8

Thursday, November 13

  • Walt Whitman, excepts from “Song of Myself”
  • Emily Dickinson, selected poems and recipes
  • OPTIONAL: Erica Fretwell, “Emily Dickinson in Domingo,” in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1.1 (2013)
  • OPTIONAL: Pierre Bourdieu, excerpt from Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, trans. Richard Nice (Harvard UP, 1979)
  • IN CLASS: Transfer content to recipe site

Tuesday, November 18 – Bonus Blog Week

Thursday, November 20

Tuesday, November 25 – NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING

  • NO CLASS MEETING (project work session)

Thursday, November 27 – NO CLASS, THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, December 2 – WPFE

  • IN CLASS: Final project presentation / crit

Thursday, December 4 – WPFE

  • IN CLASS: Project work session

Thursday, December 11th.

  • DUE: FINAL PROJECT AND ANALYSIS

 

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