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Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society

Edited By Carlnita P. Greene

Foodscapes explores the nexus of food, drink, space, and place, both locally and globally. Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary in scope, scholars consider the manifold experiences that we have when engaging with food, drink, space, and place. They offer a wide array of theories, methods, and perspectives, which can be used as lenses for analyzing these interconnections, throughout each chapter. Scholars interrogate our practices and behaviors with food within spaces and places, analyze the meanings that we create about these entities, and demonstrate their wider cultural, political, social, economic, and material implications.

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Melanija Belaj is a research associate at The Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb. Her fields of interest are drinking culture, traditional viticulture and contemporary flows of tourism development, Mediterranean Diet, gender and the symbolic role of food and drinks in a cultural context. In 2009 she co-edited the book Tourist as a Guest – Contributions to Culinary Tourism. For the last three years, she has been researching the social practices of trade and daily life within open food markets and is preparing a book on the culture of family production and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Jeff Birkenstein’s major interests lie in the short story (American, world, and the short story sequence) as well as food and cultural criticism. He has assembled five co-edited collection of essays: Reframing 9/11: Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror” (Continuum, 2010) and The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World (Columbia University Press/Wallflower, 2013), with Anna Froula of East Carolina University and Karen Randell of Nottingham Trent University, UK; and, American Writers in Exile and Social Justice and American Literature (both with Salem Press/Grey House, 2015 and 2017, respectively) and European Writers in Exile (Lexington Press, 2018), all with Robert C. Hauhart of Saint Martin’s University. Birkenstein teaches a range of classes, from Freshman Seminar and Composition to The Short Story, Food & Fiction, and “Chasing the American Dream,” and “Narratives from the Aftermath of 9/11.” He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky...

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