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Food and Foodways in African Narratives

Community, Culture, and Heritage, 1st Edition

By Jonathan Bishop Highfield

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228 pages

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Description

Food is a defining feature in every culture. Despite its very basic purpose of sustaining life, it directly impacts the community, culture and heritage in every region around the globe in countless seen and unseen ways, including the literature and narratives of each region. Across the African continent, food and foodways, which refer to the ways that humans consume, produce and experience food, were influened by slavery and forced labor, colonization, foreign aid, and the anxieties prompted by these encounters, all of which can be traced through the ways food is seen in narratives by African and colonial storytellers. The African continent is home to thousands of cultures, but nearly every one has experienced alteration of its foodways because of slavery, transcontinental trade, and colonization. Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage takes a careful look at these alterations as seen through African narratives throughout various cultures and spanning centuries.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction

2. Food and the Epic

3. Food and Labor

4. Food and Sustainability

5. Food and Violence

6. Food and Global Capital

7. Food and Exile

About the Author

Jonathan Bishop Highfield is a Professor of Postcolonial Literature in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004010
LITERARY CRITICISM / African
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
LIT025000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural