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Lecture Outline October 25 27, 2011 Food and Memory: Memoirs, Cookbooks and the Senses I. Review of Previous Lecture II. Marcel Proust: Food and Memory A. In Search of Lost Time B. Proust’s madeleines are C. Eating madeleines and drinking tea become the pivotal moment that triggers an avalanche of memories. III. Food as Vehicle of Memory A. Memory – interaction of the past, present and future. Memory is culturally structured process of shaping the past mediated by things that provide glimpses of the past such as diaries, history books, recipes and cookbooks. B. food structures daily routines and seasonal cycles such as holidays, etc. (harvests, seasonal cycles, feasts and fasts, and life-cycle rhythms such as death) C. food structures people’s subjective understanding of the past – e.g. past meals during their childhood D. food and the future: prospective memories E. food items and meals can serve a mnemonic triggers – to stir memories and make remembrance possible. e.g. hospital food during illness IV. The Senses: The Building Blocks of Food Experiences and Memories A. Food memories and experiences are embodied. B. The senses: taste, smell, touch, hearing and kinesthesia/balance/ proprioception C. Forms of tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami D. Sensorium or system of sense and flavor/taste categories are culture bound E. Taste and smell go in tandem – FLAVOR
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