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Food as Representation of Cultural and National Stereotypes in Love and Vertigo and Nina’s Heavenly Delights
Umeå universitet.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper responds to the ongoing discussions in food studies, literary criticism, postcolonialism and gender studies, at the same time as it aims to expand in particular the field of food studies further by connecting it with translation studies. Food, which is a highly politicised subject on a global as well as a local level, is one way in which cultural translation takes place as it is used to create an understanding of different cultures – an understanding that can be seen as a form of cultural translation.

 

In close-reading analyses of one Australian migration novel, Love and Vertigo by Hsu-Ming Teo, and one British migration movie, Nina’s Heavenly Delights by Pratibha Parmar, this paper explores popular culture’s impact on society as it discusses how the representation of food such as traditional or non-traditional dishes, cooking, serving and eating practices, functions as a means to contrast the immigrant characters’ source and target food cultures. Thus, power structures based on gender and nationality that circulate through these food-related practices are highlighted and also manifested as they are transferred to the consumers of everyday cultural sources such as novels and movies. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25021Local ID: miljSkolOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25021DiVA: diva2:756799
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