You are strongly encouraged to speak with the Professor and/or TA about your progress on the paper. Be sure, as well, to consult the Style Guide. 10–12 pages, double-spaced in a font sized similarly to 12pt Times, plus bibliography.
There are 3 options. You may pursue one of the following topics:
meal = peanut butter and jelly sandwich + carrot sticks + glass of milk
Symbolic Analysis: This is nostalgia food, the kind of thing my mother would make me for lunch — or that I'd wished she'd made me for lunch when what she really did was let me fend for myself or give me $1.10 to eat a yucky hot lunch from the school cafeteria. Academic articles to engage in this discussion: Materials from week on food and memory, on authenticity, on gastropolitics, and Anne Alison's article on Japanese mothers and Obentos.
Nutritional Analysis: Of one component, e.g. milk (or bread, or jelly, or peanut butter what's up with all these seemingly new food allergies?). We've been told over and over that milk is good for us (provide examples), but on what basis? Give some history of the rhetoric of milk and health, plus critiques (drawing from class readings, but beyond as well). What's really in this milk? Is it organic or not? Does it matter nutritionally? Read nutrition labels and do some digging online (see www.FoodFacts.com)
Political-Economic: Take one (industrial or artisanal) food item from the menu — sandwich bread, peanut butter, jam, machine-miniaturized carrot sticks, etc. — and do a political-economic analysis of it: Who makes it, how/where, what corporation owns that company and what else do they own, who works in the factories and fields if you can find out, etc. etc. See Chicken and Cheap Meat for examples of this strand of analysis, but do some library research on this as well. Do more digging online (see www.FoodFacts.com, NYTimes article with cool graphic on the corporate structure of major organics companies, http://www.takeabite.cc/ for articles on the relationship b/w food and climate crisis, food prices and ethanol, etc., etc.).
You could apply a different analysis to different ingredients/components, or different analyses to a single food item.
****DUE ON THE LAST DAY OF CLASS****