Black Hunger: Soul Food And America by Doris Witt

By Doris Witt

BLACK HUNGER
focuses on debates which have been waged over the time period 'soul food'
since the tumultuous period of the past due 1960's and early 1970's.

BLACK starvation appears to be like in particular at how the organization of African-
American girls with meals has helped constitution twentieth-century
psychic, cultural, sociopolitical, and fiscal existence in America.
An organization that has blossomed right into a complicated internet of political,
religious, sexual and racial tensions among Blacks and whites,
and in the Black group itself.

Doris Witt makes use of vaudeville, literature, movie and cookbooks to
explore how foodstuff has been used to perpetuate and problem racial
stereotypes. -- The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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In the photograph a group of gaunt "white" women, all dressed identically in white coveralls and caps, are shown standing in line next to a conveyor belt laden with boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix. On the far side 3$ SERVANT PROBLEMS of the belt are at least two white foremen, presumably charged with overseeing the women employees. These uniformly grim-faced women are a telling counterpoint not just to the multiple images of Aunt Jemima that smile forth from box after box of pancake mix on the assembly-line belt, but to the depictions of happy homemakers that smiled forth from the pages of Aunt Jemima advertisements in Ladies' Home journal, Good Housekeeping, and other magazines aimed at middle-class white women.

Some have frailty thrust upon them. " (2). Hurst then details her efforts to achieve frailty and therefore glory, admitting, "There was to come a time, fallen so low had I, when to stand with my nose plastered against the plate-glass windows of lunchroom emporiums, where flapjacks, later to be smothered under melting butter and golden syrup[,] were being juggled, became one of my favorite outdoor sports" (27). Having passed through the stage when she "pitied obesity in others, and did all in [her] power to either induce or encourage it" (33), Hurst reports that her current wish is to be freed from her obsession with food and dieting—though she fears that she is "too infected with this slimming phobia to hope for complete redemption" (52).

2). Hurst then details her efforts to achieve frailty and therefore glory, admitting, "There was to come a time, fallen so low had I, when to stand with my nose plastered against the plate-glass windows of lunchroom emporiums, where flapjacks, later to be smothered under melting butter and golden syrup[,] were being juggled, became one of my favorite outdoor sports" (27). Having passed through the stage when she "pitied obesity in others, and did all in [her] power to either induce or encourage it" (33), Hurst reports that her current wish is to be freed from her obsession with food and dieting—though she fears that she is "too infected with this slimming phobia to hope for complete redemption" (52).

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