Book Talks

During the Spring 2022 quarter at UCLA, Dr. Brian J Griffith will be hosting a book talk with Dr. Diana Garvin, who recently published Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work with Toronto University Press. This talk will be open to members both of UCLA’s campus community and the general public, although pre-registration will be required. For more information on Dr. Garvin’s book or attending this virtual discussion, please see below.


Upcoming Book Talks:

Diana Garvin, Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work (Toronto, 2021)

Abstract:Feeding Fascism explores how women negotiated the politics of Italy’s Fascist regime in their daily lives and how they fed their families through agricultural and industrial labour. The book looks at women’s experiences of Fascism by examining the material world in which they lived in relation to their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Over the past decade, Diana Garvin has conducted extensive research in Italian museums, libraries, and archives. Feeding Fascism includes illustrations of rare cookbooks, kitchen utensils, cafeteria plans, and culinary propaganda to connect women’s political beliefs with the places that they lived and worked and the objects that they owned and borrowed. Garvin draws on first-hand accounts, such as diaries, work songs, and drawings, that demonstrate how women and the Fascist state vied for control over national diet across many manifestations – cooking, feeding, and eating – to assert and negotiate their authority. Revealing the national stakes of daily choices, and the fine line between resistance and consent, Feeding Fascism attests to the power of food.”

Date / Time: Friday, April 22, 2022 / 11:00am-12:00pm PST

Location: Zoom

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