C LIT 200

Everybody loves to eat, but how much thought have you given to where your food comes from? How it traveled to you? Who grew, raised or processed it? What it contains? This course examines food as it’s represented in literature, cinema, art, journalism and memoir. Through the work of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Laura Esquivel, Sigmund Freud and others, we’ll consider food as nourishment, cultural phenomenon, status symbol and propaganda prop, as well as delve into the problems involved in the representation of food in various media. Along the way we’ll touch on related issues such as gender, race and class; the art of cooking; energy policy; the environment; vegetarianism; meat production; hunger; disgust; eating disorders; and the politics of food.

Course Curriculum and Features

Course activities include researching and reporting on food items; keeping short journal accounts on a weekly basis; meeting and interviewing food professionals; and preparing a meal with your peers. We might even sample a Seattle restaurant or two!

Designed For

Those curious about what goes into their mouths, including students planning on pursuing degrees in geography, sociology, anthropology, communication, psychology, social work and the health care fields.

Attendance and Workload

All Early Fall Start courses require the same amount of academic work as any other UW course, and full attendance and participation is required. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.


Jose Alaniz
Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.