Creole Cooking and French Poetry in an Eroding Louisiana

2023 Faculty Colloquia Program

The Faculty Colloquia Program, hosted by the Center for Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, stands as a dynamic platform within our academic community, fostering intellectual exchange and collaboration among faculty members. Scholars present current research in an informal setting, with ample opportunity for discussion, feedback, and questions. Join us as we delve into a wide range of thought-provoking topics.

Headshot of Chase CormierIn her cookbook, Mosquito Supper Club (2020), Chef Melissa Martin writes “[t]he aromas, sights, and sounds of cooking are omnipresent. We unconsciously know how to speak the language. Words are ingredients, and recipes are poems” (240). The inevitable link between cooking and writing is rooted in Louisiana’s long-held oral tradition. Today, Louisiana has a front row seat to the climate crisis. In this presentation, Professor Cormier examines the role of food and writing in the effort to rebuild, in the resilience that has become characteristic of Louisianans. He looks closely into the pots and poems of this unique American landscape to investigate the intersection of emblematic food items and creative writing as a space for the preservation and evolution of a literary identity. Creators of cookbooks and poetry respond to coastal and cultural erosion by writing Louisiana cuisine as a metaphor, image, and cultural object to amplify otherwise silenced voices.

Thursday, November 9, 4:15 – 5:30pm
Hollander Hall 241