English 1100, Spring 2014
We will consider food as a topic in literary works from different genres and periods as well as contemporary questions of food justice, health, and sustainability. Working in groups students will read in the emerging field of food studies, as well as novels, film, young adult literature, etc. Students will write blogs, literary analysis, research pieces, as well as engage in community-based activities.
This class will develop skills of literary interpretation relevant to advanced work in English. We will undertake extensive and careful reading, research, maintaining a class blog, and write literary analysis papers as we follow English 1100 catalog description and course objectives.
[Previous experimental sections of English 1100 have addressed English teaching and new technologies (2006) and the Middle East (2007 & 2009). These courses have resulted in widely read articles and books (Literature and the Web, Teaching the Literature of Today's Middle East) where the thinking and writing of students from the course are extensively cited, quoted, and explored.]
Given the experimental nature of this class, the current syllabus is provisional and will evolve with the course.
The phrase "everyone eats" can be read as an expression of the necessity of food to human life, an assertion of basic human rights, and an ecstatic invitation to one of life's great renewable pleasures.
Yet, nearly 1 billion people world-wide, and 1 in 6 Americans, have limited access to food. 16,000 children die every day from hunger and every 20 seconds a child dies of water-related illness – a jumbo jet crashing every 4 hours. Half of all American children will at some point during their childhood reside in a household that uses food stamps for a period of time.
We live in a world that is both starved and stuffed. Obesity afflicts more than 1/3 of Americans and is a growing health problem world-wide. College students struggle to eat healthy, balanced diets and are often workers in the food industry.
The problem is not simply a lack of food, but profound inequality of rich and poor. Today and tomorrow issues of food security also entail collective failure to address global warming.
A Few Specifics
Our section is held in a special wireless, laptop classroom in 3037 Brown Hall that I designed and that will accommodate a range of activities using the Internet and other technologies. A blog post of approximately 300 words should be completed before every class meeting.
Attendance will be taken and missing classes will lower your grade. Since the class is discussion-based, attendance and preparation are essential to your own learning and to the learning of your classmates. Missing any classes will affect your learning. Missing three classes will lower your final grade and missing five or more classes may lead to failing the course. See my philosophy regarding preparation, attendance, and participation.
This course will follow WMU policies regarding academic honesty.
WMU has many resources to foster student health and well-being. I support the Safe on Campus environment (387-2123). If at any point in the semester if you feel stress, English 1100 offers free on-line therapy from Eliza!
My office is 723 Sprau Tower, 387-2605, and my office hours are M/W afterclass, and by appointment and email at email@example.com.
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Jan 8 Wed: Introductions, Form Literature Circles, Start Blog
Jan 13 Mon: Food Lit, Food Studies & Food Systems
Jan 15 Wed:
Jan 20 Mon: No Class, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan 22 Wed:
Jan 27 Mon Food Film
Jan 29 Wed Food and You
Feb 3 Mon Food Literature and Inequality
Feb 5 Wed Food and Our Community
Feb 10 Mon Modest Proposals
Feb 12 Wed Guatemala, Food, and (the) US
Feb 17 Mon Migrant Workers in Contemporary America
Feb 19 Wed The Jungle
Feb 21 Fri
Feb 24 Mon
Feb 26 Wed
Spring Break, Mar 3-7
Mar 5 Wed 7:00 pm Tracie McMillan (author of The American Way of Eating) speaks at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 10 Mon
Mar 10 Mon 12:00-1:15 pm Food Film Series Asparagus: Stalking the American Life, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theater, 230 N Rose Street
Mar 11 Tues 6:30 pm Raising Animals for Food farmers perspective, Oshtemo Branch library 7265 West Main St. sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 12 Wed
Mar 17 Mon Contemporary Food Novel
Mar 17 Mon 12:00-1:15 pm Food Film Series Soul Food Junkies, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theater, 230 N Rose Street, sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 18 Tues 6:30 pm The Farming Life farmers perspective, Oshtemo Branch library 7265 West Main St., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 19 Wed
Mar 19 Wed 7:00 Midwestern Writers on Food Peggy Wolff and Bonnie Jo Campbell, People's Church 1758 N 10th St., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 24 Mon
Mar 24 Mon 12:00-1:15 pm Food Film Series Grow, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Stryker Theater, 230 N Rose Street, sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 26 Wed
Mar 26 Wed 6:30 pm, Beyond Food for Thought Portage District Library Stories from Community Members inspired by American Way of Eating and Farm City., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Mar 27 Thurs: 5:00 & 7:00 pm, film: A Place at the Table, free benefit showing Alamo Draft House Cinema, Kalamazoo, sponsored by Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes & Public Library.
Mar 31 Mon
1. Literary Analysis Paper Due
Apr 1 Tues: 6:30 pm The Farmworker's Story: Farmworkers Speak, Washington Square Branch, 1244 Portage Rd., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Apr 2 Wed Food, Video Games, and Popular Culture
Apr 3 Thurs: 7:00 pm Food Security or Food Justice: Does it Really Matter, Karika Phillips, Bronson Hospital-Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza, sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Apr 7 Mon Food and Climate Change, Lecture by Dr. David Karowe
Apr 8 Tues: 7:00 pm Farmers Market 101, Central Library, 315 Rose Street, sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Apr 9 Wed
Apr 10 Thurs: 3:00 pm Container Gardening, Oshtemo Branch Library, 7265 West Main St., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Apr 14 Mon Food and Judiasm (Lexie Sittsamer)
Apr 15 Tues 7:00 pm Novella Carpenter (author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer) speaks at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Apr 16 Wed
Apr 16 Wed 1:15 pm Novella Carpenter (author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer) speaks at Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Center sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library., sponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library.
Finals Week April 21-25
Scheduled Final Exam Tuesday April 22, 10:15-12:15
Food & Literature Resources
Alimentum: The Literature of Food
Literature and Food course at Princeton
Annual Conference on Food and Representation in Literature
Yummy Books blog
Global Appetities: American Power and the Literature of Food
Food and Children's Literature
Best Food Scenes in Literature