This topic examines how French gastronomy has evolved over time and remains a fundamental trait of French culture despite globalization. This topic will analyse French cuisine from historical, anthropological, social, and cultural viewpoints. A range of issues such as the influence of modern living, ethical questions, health but also new conceptions of wellbeing and hedonism will be explored. A strong identity marker, French gastronomy remains an area of conflict, battles which go over the strict area of cuisine and reflect contemporary fractures in France, and the world. A range of written, aural and/or visual texts, such as those from the media, literature and cinema, will be incorporated into the topic.
Lectures and materials will be delivered in English.
This topic aims to: