Eating and Drinking in Great Britain

History 103C.003

Fall 2012
Day & Time: 
Tu 10-12p
India Mandelkern is a PhD candidate in the history department. She is currently writing a dissertation on dining in 18th century Britain.

This seminar will explore the history of eating and drinking in Great Britain from early 18th century to the aftermath of the Second World War. Specifically we will examine the roles played by the consumption of comestibles in the context of four broader social processes: state-building and the formation of national, regional, class and gender identities, the expansion of commerce and industrialization, imperial exploration and colonization, and the development of canons of taste and sociability.  Although this course primarily focuses on Britain, it encourage students to make European and global comparisons throughout the semester, with special attention paid to understanding how and why imperial encounters profoundly affected what Britons ate and drank. Readings will include a smorgasbord of both primary and secondary sources ranging from diaries to account inventories to newspapers and popular literature.  Requirements: students will be expected to read all assignments and come to class prepared to actively discuss them.  Discussion questions and presentations will be assigned to facilitate class discussion.  The final project of this course will be a paper that may serve as preliminary research for a longer thesis project.