Migrant Cuisine, Critical Regionalism and Gastropoetics

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Ben Highmore


This essay is based around two sentences from Nadeem Alslam’s 2004 novel Maps for Lost Lovers. From this base comes an exploration of what aesthetics could mean for cultural studies, and what sorts of practices it could foster. The essay argues for the pertinence this may have for the study of food culture, while also taking up the project of ‘critical regionalism’ and ‘gastropoetics’ as a way of moving from the tightly figured frame of a fragment from a novel, to the histories, geographies and affects that impact on it.

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Food Cultures (Peer Reviewed)