Early American literature, food studies, media studies, digital humanities.
literature and medicine
French Avant-garde, Intellectual History, Digital Liberal Arts, Food Studies
Peninsular Literature. Food Studies. Cookbooks. Questions of gender and the family.
poetry, poetics, long 20th century, American literature, food studies, digital humanities
Nineteenth-century Latin American literature and cultural studies
I research religious food justice movements and teach courses in Jewish studies, food studies, environmental studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. My current project is an ethnographic and historical study of the Jewish Community Farming movement in North America.
Victorian studies (especially Dickens, Eliot), fat studies, food studies, Harry Potter, composition, writing centers, English as a second language, fantasy, mythology, Christian poetics, graduate education, film, reader-response theory, fan communities, etymology, trickster figures, children’s and young adult literature, serial fiction
My research and teaching interests are profoundly interdisciplinary. In the courses I teach as well as in my writing, I investigate how literary genres such as autobiography, short fiction, and the novel intersect with, and mutually inform, scientific discourse, nutritionism, popular culture, or museums as sites of cultural performance. I am a Caribbeanist by training, and a literary food studies scholar by vocation. My first book, Exhibiting Slavery, considers how postmodern Caribbean historical novels about slavery function as museums by curating artwork and other objects within their pages. I contend that the novels thematize the second-hand way through which we come to learn about history as a textual encounter with the past. I also argue that postmodernism’s penchant for excess becomes the means through which we acknowledge our own inability to imagine the commonplace physical and ideological violence of treating people like chattel. My second book, The Immigrant Kitchen, analyzes the life writing subgenre of the food memoir with recipes, to think through how the trauma of immigration is inherited down the generations. My overall contention is that the interactive relationship facilitated by the recipes is a manifestation of virtual hospitality, wherein the reader accepts the writer’s welcome to his/her domestic space by preparing the food s/he reads about in the memoir.
Cecilia Novero is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research in the interdisciplinary Humanities spans the fields of Food Studies, Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Avant-garde Studies, with a focus on Visual Culture and German-speaking literature and film. Cecilia is the author of Antidiets of the Avant-Garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is co-editor of Otago German Studies with Dr August Obermayer and Peter Barton. She is also on the academic board of antennae, and the editorial board of the Animal Studies Journal and is a member of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (University of Canterbury, NZ). She has published in journals such as seminar, German Studies Review, cinema journal, food and foodways, antennae, among others. Her articles have also appeared in edited volumes such as Gorgeous Beasts Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective (edited by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist, PSU 2012) and Animal Life and the Moving Image (edited by Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon, BFI 2015). She is the translator into Italian of Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener (L’educazione di un giardiniere, Umberto Allemandi &Co., reprint 2011).