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Almost French: Food, Class and Gender in Contemporary American Expatriate Memoirs
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9649-0873
2012 (English)In: “Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context”, 2012Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the links among food, class and gender in memoirs written by two American expatriates living in France, Harriet Welty Rochefort and Suzy Gershman, respectively. It focuses on the tensions that arise in the texts when the two authors strive to describe their new, supposedly ideal lives in terms acceptable to a presumed American female readership. The argument I wish to make is that food is one of the means, if not the primary means, by which Rochefort and Gershman present themselves and their new life in Paris as both more “privileged” and “authentic” compared to their previous life in the USA, yet seemingly without challenging prevalent democratic and feminist ideologies in contemporary American society. 

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2012.
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food, France, class, gender
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Humanities and the Arts Didactics
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English, Specialization in Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66777OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66777DiVA, id: diva2:1160682
Conference
The Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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