Student Digest - (02/12/2013  @ 11:54 AM)

Wednesday, February 13 - Sweet, Sweet! / Come, Come and Eat! / Dear Little Girls / With Yellow Curls: Race and the Queer History of Eating in the 19th Century (Laurie Holland)

Join us on Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30 in the Massachusetts Hall 3rd Floor Faculty Room for a talk by Kyla Tompkins.

Tompkins will read from and discuss her first book "Racial Indigestion"(New York University Press, 2012), about food, sex, race and how they all became intertwined in the nineteenth-century United States.

The act of eating is both erotic and violent, as one wholly consumes the object being eaten. At the same time, eating performs a kind of vulnerability to the world, revealing a fundamental interdependence between the eater and that which exists outside her body.

"Racial Indigestion" explores the links between food, visual, and literary culture in the nineteenth-century United States to reveal how eating produces political subjects by justifying the social discourses that create bodily meaning.

Kyla Tompkins is an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at Pomona College, and a former food writer and restaurant critic. She writes about food, eating, sexuality, race and nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, culture, film and dance.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts and the English Department