Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage

1st Edition

Jonathan Bishop Highfield

Routledge
Published March 28, 2017
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9781138630734 - CAT# Y320253
Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

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Summary

Food is a defining feature in every culture. Despite its very basic purpose of sustaining life, it directly impacts the community, culture and heritage in every region around the globe in countless seen and unseen ways, including the literature and narratives of each region. Across the African continent, food and foodways, which refer to the ways that humans consume, produce and experience food, were influened by slavery and forced labor, colonization, foreign aid, and the anxieties prompted by these encounters, all of which can be traced through the ways food is seen in narratives by African and colonial storytellers. The African continent is home to thousands of cultures, but nearly every one has experienced alteration of its foodways because of slavery, transcontinental trade, and colonization. Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage takes a careful look at these alterations as seen through African narratives throughout various cultures and spanning centuries.

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