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dc.contributor.advisorChansky, Ricia A.
dc.contributor.authorLauer, Jessica R.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the best-selling memoir Under the Tuscan Sun as an autobiographical narrative in the genre of gastrography that demonstrates how food is used as a metaphor and also as a mode of escape in 21st century women‘s autobiographical writing. In order to understand the patterns and functions that food serves in contemporary women‘s writing, this new and original project situates Under the Tuscan Sun as a gastrography written in The Prophetic Mode that also incorporates elements of scriptotherapy. These three theories of Autobiography Studies are further used to analyze the relationship between food and life writing, specifically focusing on the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun. This thesis uses an interdisciplinary approach to literary analysis that includes aspects of Cultural Studies, and also incorporates the study of recipes as a literary device. Furthermore, this research project also integrates an investigation of readers‘ responses selected from online audience feedback to the text and subsequent consumer products for the purpose of articulating a societal desire and need for escapism that this text responds to, and in doing so providing an additional layer of support to my argument that Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, employs food as a metaphor and method for escapism in this text.
dc.description.abstractÉsta tésis examina la obra popular Under the Tuscan Sun como una narrativa autobiográfica en el género de gastografía que demuestra como la comida es usada como metáfora y como forma de escapismo en la escritura autobiográfica de mujeres del siglo 21. Para entender los patrones y funciones que la comida ejerce en la escritura femenina moderna, este nuevo e innovador proyecto ubica a Under the Tuscan Sun como una gastografía escrita en el modo profético que también incorpora elementos de scriptoterapia. Éstas tres teorías de estudios autobiográficos también se usan para analizar la relación entre comida y escrituras sobre la vida, específicamente en Under the Tuscan Sun. Ésta tésis usa un enfoque interdiciplinario al análisis de literatura que incluye aspectos de estudios culturales e incorpora el estudio de recetas como un recurso literario. Además, éste proyecto integra la investigación de opiniones de lectores sobre el texto, específicamente una audiencia en un formato en línea, al igual que sus respuestas sobre otros productos subsiguientes, con el propósito de articular un deseo social y la necesidad de escapismo a la cual el texto en cuestión responde. De esta forma se respalda mi argumento de que Frances Mayes, autora de Under the Tuscan Sun, utiliza la comida como una metáfora y método de escapismo en éste texto.
dc.subjectAutobiography-women authorsen_US
dc.subjectFood in literatureen_US
dc.subjectEscapism in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshMayes, Frances -- Criticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshMayes, Frances -- The Tuscan Sunen_US
dc.subject.lcshDiscourse analysis, Narrativeen_US
dc.subject.lcshAutobiographical memory in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen authorsen_US
dc.subject.lcshMelancoly in literatureen_US
dc.titleHungry for more: Reading Under the Tuscan Sun as a gastrographyen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2011 Jessica R. Laueren_US
dc.contributor.committeeIrizarry, José
dc.contributor.committeePratt, Ellen
dc.contributor.committeeCarroll, Kevin
dc.contributor.representativeJust, Frederick Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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