A few weeks back I was delighted to find out that my colleagues Laura Wood, Christopher Yiannitsaros and I have been successful in our entry to Warwick's HRC Doctoral Competition. This means that we have been awarded a budget and the help of the HRC to stage a conference, as well as being able to call ourselves HRC Doctoral Fellows! Our conference, 'Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800-1945', will be held in Spring 2014. We have a webpage, here, which will be updated with more information and a call for papers over the coming months.
We are all really excited at the prospect of holding this conference and providing a space for discussion of food and narrative. Food isn't central to any of our projects, but it was something that was beginning to crop up repeatedly on the fringes of our research. One of the things we bonded over when we met back in October 2011 was a shared love of food writing, each of us confessing that we read cookery books in bed like novels, and soon we were noticing the importance of cakes, pies and bakes in all of our reading. For a long time I have been mulling over some ideas about collecting and eating, which I hope to post more about over the next year or so as planning for 'Devouring' gathers momentum.
For the moment, though, I'll leave you with a link to the wonderful blog, Paper and Salt, which combines food and literature to wonderful effect, as its author Nicole recreates dishes from mouthwatering descriptions in the letters, diaries and fiction of some iconic and much-loved authors. Peruse and be hungry!