Rachel C Kirby


PhD Candidate in American Studies

First-Year Writing Seminar


Are We What We Eat? Food and Culture


 Fall 2021

This class is being planned and taught as part of Boston University's Writing Program, and fulfils one of the two required courses that all BU undergraduate students must take. The course goals and assignments are standardized across the courses, but the content they are applied to is at the discretion of the instructor.

For the Fall 2021 semester, I have built my course around the topic of food and culture, taking an interdisciplinary approach to the common expression "you are what you eat." Together we will explore how food traditions develop and change, why specific foods are often linked to specific places, and other ways that food can illuminate aspects of history, culture, and society. The course materials will focus on the United States (and, specifically, the American South), but students will have the opportunity to apply their writing skills to other food traditions - even their own - in discussions and for the assignments.