Recipes for Spanishness: Cookbooks and Culinary Cultures in Modernizing Spain

12/02/2015 - 5:30pm
Niles Gallery
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Prof. Rebecca Ingram, Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures, University of San Diego

The first decades of the 20th century saw a massive migration of rural peasants to cities, a newly mobilizing working class threatened social order through political organization and unrest, and women gained new access to education and paid employment outside the home. These demographic shifts, accompanying the definitive implosion of Spain’s political empire, gave urgency to forging a renewed sense of national-liberal identity. Professor Ingram’s talk explores how cookbooks and other culinary discourses — attempts to represent in text the cooking labor of middle- and working-class women — respond to and shape this period of rapid change.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Graduate School and the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

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