Claremont Discourse Lecture: "Race and the Queer History of Eating"

Please join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Keck Learning Room, Thursday, February 27 at 12 noon for a Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library.

Sweet! Sweet! / Come, Come and Eat / Dear Little Girls / With Yellow Curls
Race and the Queer History of Eating in the Nineteenth Century
Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Professor of English and Gender Studies, Pomona College

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Professor of English and Gender Studies at Pomona College, asks us to consider the mouth as a sensory space, one that offers insight into ideas of sex and sexuality in circulation in nineteenth-century America, and that invites new ways to think about embodiment, materiality, and race. Engaging children's literature and early advertising culture, Tompkins discusses eating as an act that points to the mouth as not simply a passageway but a place, even a stage, where transgressive and normative desires are acted out and displayed. This talk extends the topic of Professor Tompkins' first book, Racial Indigestion (New York University Press, 2012), which explores the links between food and visual and literary culture in the nineteenth-century United States to reveal how eating produces political subjects by justifying the social discourses that create bodily meaning.

Please bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

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