Courses: Writing Taste (ENGLB281001)

Spring 2014

Class Number: 1646
After a discussion of key texts on “taste”—from philosophy, literature, and sociology, students will analyze the “new world” of taste criticism from important food critics to Yelp. As food has become increasingly virtual (food advertising and online forums), does the intellectual vocabulary for taste also need to change? After analyzing the cultural-historical background of food writing (from M.F.K. Fisher to Anthony Bourdain), James Beard Award-winning food writer Craig Laban will lead the class through a wide range of tasting/thinking/writing exercises. These will include in-class tasting sessions where students will develop critical and—crucially—creative ways of talking about what they taste in conjunction with specially designed field exercises (local restaurants and markets, building local food maps of cities, interviews with food organizations).
Div: III; Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI);
Class size is limited to 10 students from Bryn Mawr/Haverford;
classes will alternate between Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore's campuses.
All students in this class must sign a confidentiality agreement to
protect the identity of Mr. Laban.

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1646 Div: III; CI;


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Meeting Times

M 1:00pm-4:00pm