Friday, August 19, 2011

Eating Words: Text, Image, Food

A one-day workshop organized by the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts

Some of our most material interactions with texts are
grounded in the very food that we eat. Comestibles are
eloquent objects; they come stamped with words, festooned with
decorative designs, and wrapped in packaging that is at once
visually and verbally loquacious. The kitchen has long been a
textual domain, regulated by cookery books and recipe
collections and noisy with inscriptions on pots, pans, plates
and pastry-moulds. This one-day workshop will explore
numerous aspects of the relationship between writing, eating
and domestic life across a broad swathe of history, in order to
illuminate the unsuspected power of words and pictures in a
paradigmatically practical locale and to shed light on the
textual condition more broadly.

Plenary Speakers: Deborah Krohn (Bard Graduate Centre) & Sara Pennell (Roehampton University)

Gonville and Caius College. Cambridge , 13 September 2O11
For further details please contact Harriet Phillips (hp278


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