By J. Thomas Rimer
Offers tale outlines, authors' biographies, and advice for studying fifty chosen works of jap literature from the classical and smooth classes.
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Pa r t o n e Nostalgia, Domesticity, and Gender 1 / Culinary Nostalgia: Authenticity, Nationalism, and Diaspora Culinary practices situate themselves at the most rudimentary level, at the most necessary and the most unrespected level. —luce giard, “the nourishing arts” The diaspora women who thought Culture meant being able to create a perfect mango chutney in New Jersey were scorned by the visiting scholar from Bombay—who was also a woman but unmarried and so different. —sujata bhatt, “chutney” Behind the assiduous documentation and defense of the authentic lies an unarticulated anxiety of losing the subject.
Models of Asian American studies that position South Asians at the center of critical analyses in order “to correct for under-representation without critiquing its basic assumptions,” as some have argued, “leads to the replication of the model, with new centers, and perhaps slightly altered margins” (Davé, Dhingra et al. 76). Analogously, it is inadequate to merely call for a realignment of food studies by countering the argument that food scholarship is not serious and by demanding its inclusion within critical conversations about race, gender, and ethnic studies.
4 Narrating a tale about how she comes to equate sweetbreads with kapura, she marks her horror at receiving an “unequivocal response: kapura, as naked meat, equals a testicle” (21). ” No one, however, was interested in this finesse. “Balls, darling, balls,” someone drawled, and I knew I had to let go of the subject. (19) Sara wishes to think of kapura in more finessed and palatable terms under the misnomer “sweetbreads,” but even as she admits to having to “let go of the subject,” it continues to haunt her.
A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature by J. Thomas Rimer