Queen's University

Thanksgiving

2010-03-19

Heather Evans, professor of English and expert in the relationships between the symbolism of food and our culture, is available to discuss Thanksgiving feasting.
“Feasting is interesting because it’s distinguished from our, day-to-day eating patterns,” says Dr. Evans. “We eat to survive, but we feast to bring meaning to our lives as social creatures. Feasting reinforces social hierarchies, and affirms individual and collective authority.”
Dr. Evans can speak to the significance of food rituals such as the iconic carving of the turkey and importance of the holiday trimmings.
Given the latest global and financial crises she can also discuss how food could weigh in. “Culinary wealth is often constructed as a necessary antidote to times of despair – Gourmet magazine, for instance, was launched in January 1941 as America was recovering from the Depression and heading towards another world war.” Dr. Evans has published scholarly works on feasting and culinary history, and teaches children’s literature.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Evans contact Molly Kehoe, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca, 613.533.2877 or Alissa Clark, alissa.clark@queensu.ca, 613.533.6000 ext 77513, Queen’s News and Media Services

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