Sumptuous Texts: Consuming “Otherness” in the Food Film Genre

  title={Sumptuous Texts: Consuming “Otherness” in the Food Film Genre},
  author={Helene A. Shugart},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={68 - 90}
  • H. Shugart
  • Published 6 February 2008
  • Art, Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
In recent years, food has played an increasingly prominent role in the mainstream media in a variety of ways. As one manifestation of this trend, “food films” have coalesced into a bona fide genre in contemporary popular culture. In this essay, I seek to contribute to the growing conversation regarding the symbolic role and rhetorical function of mediated representations of food. In an analysis of three films of that genre—Like Water for Chocolate, Chocolat, and Woman on Top—I argue that these… 

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