So, I am currently abroad in Rome, Italy and I am taking a course called “Food and its visual representations. Food between sin and art: from Trimalchio’s supper to Babette’s feast and to contemporary slow food culture” that is only offered in the program that I am a part of.
It was the first of its kind and there are other “Food” courses; however, none of them are like this one where it covers all topics and goes beyond.
Course Description: “The renowned gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote about food in 1825 “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are”. Food is a symbol of various cultural beliefs all imbedded in the ingredients of a recipe to its preparation, promotion and consumption.
This survey course aims to explore the complex relationships among food, society and culture from different sociological, historical and economic views. We will examine the role of food from antiquity to the present by placing particular importance on how food strengthens relationships among individuals and communities to its use as a plot device, a method of revealing a villain or saint in poetry, literature and art.
Students in this course will learn about the types of food associated with different cultural and ethnic groups, traditions and celebrations. trhough lectures, class discussions, field trips and visits, readings, films and individual research projects, students will ahve the opportunity not only to explore an important aspect of Rome’s local culture, but also to be aware of ‘cultural identities’, seen through opposition to or the acquisition of different models.”
I hope to blog about everything that I learn and more concerning food here. This does not mean that I will be putting up photos of everything I eat, but more like things that I want to remember in the future and do not mind sharing.
More coming soon. Here is a link to the Table of Contents for a preview.