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Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions

Catherine Keyser


In the early twentieth century, US writers looked at modern food—its global geographies, its nutritional theories, and its technological innovations—and saw not merely the incursion of industry and the threat of adulteration but an imaginative possibility. Fiction of the 1920s and 1930s represented food systems and used alimentary metaphors to unsettle the bases of racial classification and white supremacy. Dietetics played a key role in so-called race science, which blamed industrial food for Nordic degeneration and looked to euthenics, the study of nutrition and environment, to fix broken mo ... More

Keywords: literature, food, race, African American, whiteness

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190673123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Keyser, author
Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina

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