Food legacies: playing the culinary feminine

Lawson, Jenny (2011) Food legacies: playing the culinary feminine. Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 21 (3). pp. 337-366. ISSN 0740-770X

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This article explores the role of the “culinary feminine” in arts practice and popular culture. Tracing a genealogy of significant British female food personalities and female performance artists working with food, I locate my artistic practice inside the “gap(s)” in between these dual culinary and artistic legacies. British television cook Nigella Lawson and her media image as a domestic goddess is used to examine how representations of food and women are produced and performed in popular culture. I argue that Nigella constructs ‘paradoxical femininities’ and exists outside the parameters of traditional women-food boundaries. This article documents my trilogy of performance works that re-appropriated strategies used by Nigella, combining contemporary arts-practice with a popular cultural food aesthetic, through which I trace the gaps that arise in my own food-practices as a woman/artist/consumer.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Journal special issue: Food legacies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts practice, popular culture, femininity, domesticity, domestic goddess, celebrity chefs, food media
Subjects: D600 Food and Beverage studies
L900 Others in Social studies
P300 Media studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2012 13:37
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:42

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